Commercialization: April 2006 Archives

Space Tourist Math

Five Years and $120 Million Later, Space Adventures Continues to Drive the Industry

"Space Adventures' efforts in offering commercial seats to the public have resulted in $120 million (USD) worth of orbital spaceflight sales."

Editor's note: Let's see: Dennis Tito, Mark Shuttleworth, and Greg Olsen have already flown. Daisuke Enomoto and Charles Simonyi are planning to fly. That's a total of 5 Soyuz rides. If Space Adventures has only signed up these 5 space tourists then that puts each ride at $24 million - a lot more than the $13-20 million range quoted for Tito, and the figures closer to $20 million quoted for Shuttleworth and Olsen. Or has Space Adventures sold another seat that we don't know about? If so, at a total of 6 flights sold, this would make the average cost $20 million per flight.

Lockheed to Revisit Boeing Partnership - Delay Has Cast Doubt on Rocket Venture, Washington Post

"Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corp. plans to review whether a proposed plan to consolidate its rocket engineering and launch division with Boeing Co.'s still makes sense after being delayed months by a government review. Lockheed said the delay has left some of its top scientists in limbo and has raised questions about the original business rationale for the plan."

US nears OK of Boeing,Lockheed rocket deal-sources, Reuters

"The U.S. government is nearing antitrust approval of a proposed merger of the rocket launch units of the two top U.S. defense contractors, analysts and sources familiar with the review said on Monday.

The Federal Trade Commission is reviewing a plan announced nearly a year ago by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., the Pentagon's No. 1 and 2 suppliers, respectively, to merge their money-losing government satellite launch units and create United Launch Alliance."

New Service Offers Payloads to Space for $99, Masten Space Systems

"For $99 anyone can now send a payload into space through a new suborbital space launch service. Masten Space Systems' new "CanSats To Space" payload program will carry 350 gram, "soda can" sized payloads into space and back."

SpaceX Looks Ahead

Rocket entrepreneur to forge ahead, Rocky Mountain News

"We're not going to cut and run if we have a few issues. We're not going to cut and run if we have a lot of issues," Internet billionaire Elon Musk told the National Space Symposium on Wednesday. "We're going to see this through." Announces Launch - $3 Internet Skill-Game Wins Trip to Space

" announced today the launch of their much anticipated internet skill-game, offering winners a trip to space aboard a Rocketplane. The game costs three dollars for an entry, and is conducted in a tournament style. SpaceShot's new game represents a new era both in private space travel and online gaming."

JP Aerospace: $100 Space Ad

"These "ads at the edge of the world" are on a platform carried aloft by high altitude weather balloons. During the flight on board, cameras take pictures of the ads with the blackness of space and the curvature of the Earth in the background. In the past, weather balloons have conjured up images of UFOs; now, images of commerce are being created. After the balloons reach 100,000 feet, they are released, and the platform descends to Earth by parachute."



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