Space tourism to begin by 2016

Perhaps that headline should read “Low Earth Orbit Tourism” because that’s where Boeing and a Virginia company will probably begin. The pair have a preliminary agreement to sell seats on Boeing commercial crew spacecraft to individuals, companies, nongovernmental organizations, and U.S. federal agencies, Boeing said in a news release.

The price of flights hasn’t been decided but will be announced when full-scale development gets going.

Virginia-based Space Adventures Ltd. has already successfully contracted and flown seven people on missions to the International Space Station, Boeing said.

“By combining our talents, we can better offer safe, affordable transportation to commercial spaceflight customers,” said Brewster Shaw, vice president and general manager of Boeing’s Space Exploration division.

The partnership still needs NASA and its international partners in the International Space Station to sign on, because that’s where the space tourists would go. Such flights would meet NASA’s intent to promote space commerce in low-Earth orbit, Boeing said. What Boeing didn’t say was how many millions of dollars you might need to get on the waiting list.

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2 Responses to Space tourism to begin by 2016

  1. A Michael J. Scott

    September 16, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Yup! Ya gotta have money for this one. Great graphics.

  2. fourdinners

    September 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    Now tag in time travel making Jane Fonda 25 again and give me Barbarella and I’m booking my ticket!!!