Discover Why Space Tourism Failed in the Past

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Past Attempts at Space Tourism

With big names recently throwing their hats in the ring in order to make space tourism a reality, it is easy to forget that this is not a new objective of the aerospace industry. This is due to recent milestones reached and technology that seems capable, or at least close to being capable, of actually transitting passengers past Earths’ atmosphere. Though, it is critical to not forget old attempts because those failures can give an outline of pitfalls to avoid in this endeavor.

According to an article posted by Aerospace Technology, “Space tourism could be set ‘to take off’ sooner than expected“, notable companies that attempted to push the industry past the start line were The Galactic Suite Space Resort, Galactic Suite Design, XCOR Aerospace, and Golden Spike. These companies began their campaigns too early and overly ambitious, with The Galactic Suite Space Resort actually setting launch for 2012.

This 2012 timeline would not go well for the company interested in taking passengers to outer space, as with most companies that set a timeline that they are unable to attain. Financial reasons and the state of technology at the time would put limitations on this launch, slowly phasing out the company and ultimately canceling the venture.

The other two companies that showed interest in furthering attempts at space tourism ran into similar situations, maybe some that could have been avoided if started after furtherance of technology in the field. Though, of course, no one was able to predict the future, so they believed that we advanced as close as we needed to be in order to attain this goal. Unfortunately, their positions yielded high costs before even getting close enough to real results.

With high levels of criticism to accompany the financial predicament these companies experienced, their only option ended up being to cease operations. Opening the lane for future risk-takers and visionaries alike.

Will Current Tech Carry Us to the Finish Line?

Obviously, the technology is not currently built to truly begin space tourism in a real way, but the technology and new practices we have developed surely do give us an edge over our earlier pioneers. Leaving those that point their companies toward the stars with lower levels of cost in Research & Development. Yet, for obvious reasons, this niche type of tourism will still be a very costly investment.

Good thing for the aerospace industry and space tourism supporters that this time around highly wealthy individuals with large public followings have gotten involved. When a big name attaches itself to a project that appeals to the public interest in innovation, it will invite investors from all over to get involved. Especially with names as renowned for intelligence and infrastructure as those involved.

Both Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have thrown their hats in the ring to see who will carry the human race to what we only see as the stars from our position. These household names have brought great attention to their ambitions, especially after seeing the capital and resources put behind their pursuit. The public support and demonstrations of them achieving different milestones have given great faith to investors and the eager public alike.

With future tickets being sold at $200,000 and price points for extended stays being set already, it is safe to say that space tourism is much more than just a dream. One day, more than likely, this industry will be as big or bigger than airliners. Possibly even seeing companies like AMI Aero Marine Interior, Inc. pivoting their operation to being able to accommodate refurbishments and customizations of a spacecraft.

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