When Will Space Tourism Begin? Real Soon!

I’m like the guy in the office — head in hand, exasperated, looking at his watch, heard this 1,000 times — listening to someone tell me how space tourism is right around the corner. Thirteen years and we’re still at the dawn of it.

“Where are we going?”
“Planet 10.”
“Real soon!”

  • Carlton Stephenson

    Spaceport America knows how you feel 🙂

  • Gerald Cecil

    Get a pair of Falcon Heavy each w/ Bigelow 220 up, and we finally have a destination.

  • MarcVader

    To boldy barf where no tourist has barfed before.


    Space tourism will never take off in a big way without artificial gravity, i.e. rotating habitats.

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    The future ain’t what it used to be 🙁

  • Merisea

    The future is now!*

    *For given values of ‘now.’

  • Jimmy S. Overly

    John Lithgow has aged well. Dude still looks like he did on 3rd Rock from the Sun.

  • redneck

    Or you could read the link you provided. Modern medicine works fine on space sickness. Helps when you are on vacation instead of at work up there.

  • Obediah Headstrong

    Consider ‘space tourism’ to be a hype of the past that is no more.

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  • Jacob Samorodin

    Hey! I give you this Youtube video URL just to show you that “maybe” routine space tourism will be less plausible than Superman. The physics of what goes on inside that fictional plummeting passenger jet/spacecraft launcher is surprisingly accurate…Of course what occurs outside the aircraft with the blue-caped character is…strictly fantasy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbGL6bed5yM

  • Douglas Messier

    That’s funny. Richard Branson has a cameo as the space shuttle’s flight test engineer.

  • ThomasLMatula

    Sadly the serial failures of VG, XCOR, RpK, etc., have restored the giggle factor in space tourism, especially in the suborbital arena. They also illustrate what a failure the Ansari X-Prize was by encouraging a technology focus that leaped frog the intermediate non-crew suborbital markets that are critical to developing the robust technology for suborbital tourism.

    The only hope to rescue suborbital tourism from the giggle factor shown here is Blue Origin, which never bought into any of the Ansari X-Prize hype.

  • Robert G. Oler

    space tourism at a realistic price point is the great white whale of space “gimmickerky”

  • ThomasLMatula

    Yes, and the “great” Ansari X-Prize played a key role in creating a score of Captain Ahabs.

    “Then tossing both arms, with measureless imprecations he shouted out: “Aye, aye! and I’ll chase him round Good Hope, and round the Horn, and round the Norway Maelstrom, and round perdition’s flames before I give him up. And this is what ye have shipped for, men! to chase that white whale on both sides of land, and over all sides of earth, till he spouts black blood and rolls fin out. What say ye, men, will ye splice hands on it, now? I think ye do look brave.” (Captain Ahab from Moby Dick, p36)

  • Robert G. Oler

    there was a phrase Tom when I was “young” and just getting into the space adocacy business it was “space like aviation”…and I went along with it until more and more guys like you and Dale Gray started to convince me that was a bogus comparison.

    the problem today is that we are trying to find “markets” for money making with humans in space…and our only template is aviation so we are well latching on to things like “space tourism” which is more religion then reality

    since I think VG will eventually “fly” I am going to be curious to see what the numbers are