Hidden Nook

"Because in Cyberspace, no one can hear you scream."

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Space Tourism For Gamers And Rich Alike

[Media Source*]

(Cross Posted on Blogger News)

(New Scientist Space) Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn told New Scientist he hopes to carry 400 passengers in the first year of operation, scaling up to 2000 in the second year and 3000 in the third. To date, only about 450 people in the world have experienced space travel, almost exclusively in government space programmes.

Of the first 400 passengers entitled to fly, half of those seats are already reserved for "the founders" who have paid $200,000 each in order to experience only five minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of 100 kilometers.

Although many of the passengers are affluent financially, it seems that Whitehorn is desiring that space travel be available to those who lack the funds for it. One way Whitehorn is encouraging the average person to reach for the stars is by having them compete in cyberspace for a literal chance to experience the edge of space for themselves.

...computer gamers can compete to win a seat by playing the Virgin Galactic Quest game -- to be launched online later in 2005. Players will pay $10 and compete to fly their virtual spaceships the farthest distance from Earth by using the gravitational pulls of the planets.

This idea seems based upon an old 1984 film entitled The Last Starfighter where extra-terrestrials recruited the best player of a space battle game in order for him to pilot a real star ship in a huge galactic war. While many gamers begin to exercise their "hand-to-eye" coordination skills as pilots in cyberspace, 4000 real pilots have applied for limited positions with Virgin Galactic (out of an available 75 spots).

After the first 100 flights, Whitehorn plans to eventually drop the price around $100,000 making the deal sweeter for his potential passengers who as of this date number around 30,000.

Deutsch • Español • Français • Italiano • Portugese • 日本語 • 한국 • 汉语

Links to this post:

Create a Link

Comment Policy: Comments posted here do not necessarily reflect the views of this site or the authors, and are the legal responsibility of the original commenter. Intelligent opinions welcome. Comment here.

<< Back Home

By Darnell Clayton • 8:25 PM • Email Post • •


Site Search

Web HiddenNook.blogspot.com

Email Subscription

Enter your email address below to subscribe.

Powered by Google Groups

Button Membership

Net Affiliations

Journalist For

Blog Coalitions

Registered With

Important Information

Blog Stats

View Blog Stats

Plus 10,667 hits before August 12, 2005

Weblog Legalities

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License.

Opinions expressed here do not reflect the views of anyone that I work with, for, or associate with in any manner.

About Me

Brief Bio
Blogger Profile
General Profile
Business Profile
Personal Profile

Daily Reads

• Arabian •
Camera Snapshots
Regime Change Iran
Iraq the Model
Under Underground

• Spiritual •
Dhimmi Watch
Evangelical Outpost
God Blog
ID The Future
Jihad Watch
Muslim Wakup! Blog
One True God Blog
Serenity Thru Hope
Trailing Clouds of Glory

• Unique •
The Black Kettle
Gateway Pundit
The Korean Liberator

When Ever

• Corporate •
Blog Pulse
Flickr Blog
Technorati Weblog

• Google •
Blogger Buzz
Blogger Developers Network
Google Analytics
Google Blog
Google Base
Google Talkabout
Google Labs
Google Press
Google Reader Blog
Google Video
Inside AdSense
Inside AdWords
Inside Google Desktop
Inside Google Sitemaps

• GOP •
Alpha Patriot
Cao's Blog
Captain's Quarters
Hugh Hewitt
Michelle Malkin
Expose The Left
Right Mom
Right On America
Trey Jackson

• Global •
Publius Pundit
UN Dispatch

• Tech Web •
Google Rumors
Junto Boyz
Life Hacker
Pro Blogger
Mark Jen

Blogroll Me!

Family Blogs

Hidden Nook
One Spirit
Sol Worlds
Inside Orkut
Blogger Delights
Colony Worlds
Google Your Business

Prior Data


News Stand

Google News
Ynet News
Muslim Wakeup!
Jerusalem Post
Hatzolah Israel
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
The Christian Post Jerusalem Newswire
Isracast Christianity Today

Blog Engineering

Universal Translator
Antisplog Hack
Navbar Hack
Comlink Hack
Technorati Hack

Extra Credits

Blogger Templates
Darnell Clayton