"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."
Wednesday, February 23, 2005
Bigelow Aerospace is busy plotting out a series of inflatable structures to be positioned in space. Image Credit: Bigelow Aerospace
An initial step towards the creation of mass transit beyond our planet is the emerging public space travel market.
At present, a number of technologies are being developed for other applications by non-aerospace industries deemed useful in fostering space colonization. These technologies will automate many aspects of large scale space system development, as well as drive down costs thereby advancing the onset of colonization.
At present space flights cost around $208,000 if you go with Virgin Galactic, (sub-orbital flights) but that could decrease as new technologies are invented and perfected.
"There are so many things underway now that relate to space colonization. The International Space Station is part of this too, as well as the long-term potential for terraforming Mars into another planet for humans to live on," [Eric] Rice [leader of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)] told SPACE.com.
Although the Terra forming of Mars does not interest me (I would much rather focus our energies on Jupiter or Saturn) the International Space Station does hold the key for the Space Tourism Industry as it would be the tourist attraction until future technologies can bring us to the moon (although it could also act as a "rest stop" for weary travelers between the Lunar-Earth zone). Future stations could be assembled providing launch pads for a "Martian invasion" if necessary (Mars attracts a lot of interests but has fearsome storms during the spring which can destroy whatever colony we set up on the Red Planet). Selah!
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