NewSpace 2010: Space Adventures President Tom Shelley

Tom Shelley
President, Space Adventures

Space Adventures

  • 8 flights/7 passengers — ISS flights
  • 6,000 people flown on ZERO-G planes
  • There will be announcements coming out in the next few months about additional orbital missions with clients

Armadillo Suborbital Partnership

  • Showed a promotional video
  • 200 Armadillo Aerospace flights so far
  • 40 flights – Armadillo’s rocket racing league vehicles
  • “We believe they really do have a mechanism for radically reducing the cost of spaceflight”
  • $100,000 per person to start
  • Plans to significantly reduce costs with economies of scale
  • Armadillo plans 20 test flights in the next 12 months
  • Armadillo is hiring more people and finishing up the project
  • 10 million people could afford a suborbital flight at current prices
  • There is a market, we have barely scratched the surface…