Is Richard Branson the Christopher Columbus of space?

Virgin Galactic Stock Photo
The final frontier is finally being…frontiered. Last week both Virgin Galactic and Elon Musk’s SpaceX made large strides in their quest to privatize space for both civilians and astronauts alike.
 
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic was cleared by the FAA for takeoff last Thursday. Branson’s commercial space airliner expects to launch its first flights out of New Mexico by the end of 2014. Nearly 600 people have paid $250,000 to board the shuttle, which will orbit 60 miles above Earth.
 
SpaceX also revealed the second version of its Dragon spaceship on Thursday. The ship can hold up to six astronauts and claims to have the landing accuracy of a helicopter. It will go on its first test flight by 2016. SpaceX has a $1.6 billion contract with NASA for 12 deliveries and the space company plans to use the ships to get to the International Space Station.
 
Other companies also have space initiatives — Google is financing missions to mine asteroids, and in what seemed like a PR stunt but wasn’t, PayPal announced Thursday that it would launch an intergalactic payment service for buying things in space.
 
Space tourism and the space economy appear to be very real and very imminent.  
 
“It’s great to see private industry and entrepreneurs tackling this problem," says The Daily Ticker's Henry Blodget. "Now you have folks with the capital and the technology is getting cheap enough."
 
Blodget compares this space exploration to the spirit of 15th and 16th century Europe, when explorers were sailing out over “the edges of the Earth to discover new things…it took a long time to do it but eventually the world was colonized.”
 
By Nicole Goodkind | Daily Ticker
 
See original article CLICK HERE
Related Posts: 
  • Atafu Atoll, Tokelau, in the Southern Pacific Ocean
  • And here's what the capsule looks like without all the flashing lights. It's kind of gumdrop-shaped:
  • Virgin Galactic on the Tarmac
  • Photo of the moon from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA
  • Soyuz Liftoff
  • Orion Exploration flight test one
  • A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off.
  • NASA's LADEE spacecraft was imaged above the surface of the Moon as seen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
  • Photo by Mark Rademaker
    Faster than Light: Warp Drive - SpaceVision 2013
  • Spaceport Map
  • Viewing map
  • Waypoint2Space Zero Gravity Simulation Spaceflight Fundamentals
  • Viewing Map
  • Mars Landscape
  • Spacewalking Astronaut
  • Spaceport America Company Locations
  • Spacewalking Astronaut
  • SpaceShipTwo
  • Dream Chaser
  • Mission Control
  • Newton Engine
  • Launch Pad
  • Dream Chaser
  • ISS
  • Microgravity Training
  • Richard Branson: I Want You to Be an Astronaut
  • F9R 1000m Fin Flight | Onboard Cam and Wide Shot
  • File picture of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying a small science satellite for Canada is seen as it is launched from a newly refurbished launch pad in Vandenberg Air Force Station. CREDIT: REUTERS/GENE BLEVINS
  • Leaked Star Wars Episode VII Filmset Footage!
  • Time Capsule to Mars Press Conference (excerpts)
  • Falcon 9 First Stage Reentry Footage from Plane
  • Stock Xcor Photo
  • Dream Chaser New Concept of Operations
  • First SpaceX capsule to deliver to the ISS
  • Falcon 9 Liftoff
  • Astronaut Tim Peake
  • Falcon 9 First Stage Return | ORBCOMM Mission
  • Space Shuttle on Plane
  • Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Virgin Galactic Celebration
  • Cygnus Launch
  • ISS Crossing the Orlando Skyline
  • FAA Logo
  • Ashton Kutcher
  • Sochi Olympic Torch in Space
  • NASA Commercial interests
    Highlights from Commercial Flights to the International Space Station
  • Commercial Space Program Success
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Free Floating NASA Astronaut
  • Virgin Galactic Spaceship2
  • SpaceX Dragon launch
  • Cygnus on Launchpad
  • PayPal Galactic: Aiming For The Final Frontier
  • NASA Johnson Style (Gangnam Style Parody)
  • Olympic Soyz
  • Zero Gravity training
  • WhiteKnight and SpaceShipTwo taking off
  • SNC's Dream Chaser First Free-Flight Approach-and-Landing Test
  • Cygnus detaching from ISS
  • LADEE
  • US astronaut Karen Nyberg tweeted this striking photo of storm clouds above Ghana as seen from the International Space Station.on October 8, 2013. Credit: Karen Nyberg/NASA
  • Boeing CTS-100 Capsule in orbit
  • EVA from the Movie "Gravity"
  • SpaceShipTwo
  • SpaceX rocket Waiting to launch
  • Chinese Launch
  • SES-8 Patch
  • Falcon 9 launch
  • Moon landing
  • X-37B
  • Let's Create History Together
  • $75K 'Edge Of Space' Balloon Ride Gets FAA Approval | Animation
  • Bigelow
  • Chinese-Brazilian Rocket
  • Venus
  • Rocket on pad
  • Maven
  • Mojave Desert
  • ISS
  • Maven Launch
  • Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set sights on space travel
  • Solar Flare
  • VASIMR Orbital Sweeper for Space Debris Removal
  • International Space Station
  • Object tracking Map
  • ISS
  • Mars probe flyby
  • Antarctica Lab
  • NASA Launch Pad

Categories

Monthly Archive