Now Boarding for Outer Space, Gate One – Airplanes

May 18, 2006 by  
Filed under News

Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma are seeking FAA approval to develop spaceports. They’ll use them to launch as yet untested rockets that will transport passengers roundtrip to suborbital space. That’s about 60 miles above Earth to you and me. Some rocket manufacturers claim they’ll be ready within a year’s time. Estimated ticket prices are $100,000 to $250,000 each. I’m thinking meals better be included for that kind of money.

The prevailing opinion seems to be that the rocket travel itself won’t be enough to sustain people’s interest and the future industry of space travel. Out of this world luxuries and conveniences for passengers will be necessary too. I’m not sure what those would be, but maybe by then they’ll have figured out how not to loose luggage. I’d hate to think of some space alien getting a hold of my Samsonite.

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