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Your Take: Would You Pay To Fly In Space?

How many of you loved Star Trek? I was a big fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation and have always been enamored with the idea of flying in space – even if briefly. As the technology becomes more and more accessible to regular folks, I’ve always wondered how much I would pay to fly in space. Right now, if you go to book a flight on Virgin Galactic [3], it’ll run you $200,000 with a $20,000 deposit. They’re so pricey in part because they’re so small. SpaceShipTwo [4] carries six passengers and two pilots – six people are paying for that entire trip to space.

The spaceship can be thought of as an air launched glider with a rocket motor and a couple of extra systems for spaceflight. Just like any conventional flying machine, it requires aerodynamic forces to provide its stability and control which, clearly, it only has whilst in the atmosphere. In space it follows a purely ballistic trajectory, but here it can use small thrusters known as the reaction control system (RCS) which allow the pilots to maneuver the vehicle in space and provide a changing view for the passenger astronauts.

How much would you pay to fly in space? I’d probably pay a few thousand dollars (~$3,000) someday to poke my head into the final frontier. You?

(Photo: astrolondon [5])