NewSpace Center Aims to Bring Future to Tourists

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The planned NewSpace Center in Titusville, Florida will give visitors an immersive way to experience our future in space, the project’s manager told a space gathering on Wednesday.

Joseph Palaia, Vice President of Operations/R&D for 4 Frontiers Corporation, told participants at the Space Investment Summit 6 that the proposed attraction would include three major components:

NewSpace Pavilion: A continuously evolving, interactive showcase for space tourism vehicles, rockets, and technology;

Mars Settlement Experience: A full-scale, immersive replica of a large Martian settlement;

Leading Edge Technology Center: A facility for cutting-edge research in hydroponic and robotic technologies.

The company said the facility could be expanded to include restaurants, an IMAX theater, a convention center and other amenities, he added.

Palaia said space tourism is too expensive for most people and many of the facilities are located in inaccessible places such as the Mojave Desert. Most air and space museums also focus on the past, not the future.

By contrast, the NewSpace Center will be focused on the future and will be located near the Kennedy Space Center and not far from Orlando, both of which draw millions of tourists per year, he explained.

Palaia said 4 Frontiers Corp plans to open the center in the 2011-12 time frame. which will correspond with the planned launch of several space tourism companies. The company has land under contract, $2 million in tax abatements, and a commitment by the local Office of Tourism to undertake a promotional campaign.