Jeff Manber: Hire Capt. Kirk as Space Adventures’ Spokesman

Jeff Manber isn’t very impressed with Space Adventures’ plan to send humans around the moon. He’s skeptical about whether the company has actually sold a $150 million ticket, thinks their promo video has crappy production values, and says they should hire James Tiberius Priceline (William Shatner) as a spokesman. He also questions the wisdom of spending $150 million to be a guinea pig on Russia’s first ever lunar human flight. (A good question, actually.)

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Video: Whitesides, Anderson Talk NewSpace

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Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides and Space Adventures Chairman Eric Anderson talk NewSpace at the DLD Conference in Munich.

Eric Anderson: We’ve sold a $150 million ticket for a circum-lunar mission that will start in 2015. Need to sell a second ticket; finalizing that sale now.

The video cuts off early, but Jeff Foust (@jeff_foust) Tweeted some additional notes:

— Whitesides: Virgin will spend about $500M before operations begin in 2012.

— Whitesides: expect Virgin Galactic to be cash flow positive “very quickly” once ops begin, flying ~500 in 1st year.

— George Whitesides says that if the US Gov’t allows the export of the WK2/SS2 system, the 1st place it will go is Abu Dhabi.

Eric Anderson Elected New Chairman of Commercial Spaceflight Federation

CSF PRESS RELEASE

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation, representing 37 companies employing thousands of Americans nationwide, has selected its next Chairman of the Board, Eric C. Anderson, who holds the position of chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.  Anderson was elected by a diverse cross-section of industry leaders at a recent board meeting.  Anderson succeeds Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, who has completed his appointed term as Federation Chairman.  Mr. Sirangelo will continue on as an officer and board member of the Federation as Chairman Emeritus.
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Space Adventures’ Eric Anderson Joins Charles Simonyi at Intentional Software Corp.

Charles Simonyi

BELLEVUE, Wash.–Intentional Softwareâ„¢ Corporation today announced that Eric Anderson, co-founder and chairman of Space Adventures, Inc., has joined Intentional Software as president of the company working with Intentional founder and chairman, Charles Simonyi. Anderson, an experienced entrepreneur who pioneered and was the first to monetize the business of human spaceflight, has responsibility for bringing Intentional’s transformative technology to the worldwide marketplace.

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Space Adventures Eric Anderson Bemoans Monopolies

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Google co-founder Sergey Brin aboard a Space Adventures microgravity flight.

Vacation In Space? It’s Possible … For The Rich
NPR

“It’s really been a lack of competition,” says Eric Anderson, who heads a company called Space Adventures.

He adds that during the space race with the Soviet Union, the technology involved in spaceflight was practically a state secret.

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Why Tech Geeks are Space Cadets

Millionaut Richard Garriott aboard the International Space Station with five other lesser known professional space travelers.
Millionaut Richard Garriott aboard the International Space Station with five other lesser known professional space travelers.

Geeks in Space
The Big Money

There’s a documentary called Orphans of Apollo that’s stated this well,” [Richard Garriott] explained. “There’s a generation of us, who are the tech leaders of today, who were universally inspired to go into science and technology because of the NASA Lunar Space Program. And the reason the movie is called Orphans of Apollo is because, in many ways, we feel orphaned by the fact that the space industry has not done a good job of capitalizing on that momentum of what many of us believed were the first steps into space, carrying the mission of human space flight farther and farther into deep space.”

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Space Tourism is Coming…Eventually; For Now, Please Fork Over $30 Million

To Space [Tourism] and Beyond
The National

“Two things are guaranteed to capture the imagination of children, according to Eric Anderson: space and dinosaurs. And one of the two will become a lot more important in the coming decades.

“The age of considering children naive for dreaming of becoming an astronaut is coming to an end. When reaching adulthood, a child born today will enter a world where the commercial exploration of space is a trillion-dollar business employing millions of people.

“If things go to plan, they could get a job with Space Adventures, the company Mr [Eric] Anderson founded in 1998. He hopes to see it become a service provider to government and commercial space programmes around the world, while also turning a lucrative trade in taking people to the moon and beyond.”

Anderson: Humanity Needs a Second Home

Space the final tourism frontier
The National

Humanity must explore space not only to capitalise on huge economic opportunities, said Eric Anderson, the chief executive of Space Adventures. Our innate desire to explore means we should do it anyway.

“Decades from now, we will need to bring the resources of the solar system into our economic sphere of influence,” he told delegates to the Global Space Technology Forum being held in Abu Dhabi this week. “We need to colonise other planets.”

And Earth’s history, marked by catastrophic events that have reshaped the path of life itself, makes space exploration an even more pressing necessity. “These events will happen again,” Mr Anderson said, “and it is a prime reason why we as humans need to become a multi-planet species. To ensure our long-term survival, humans need to have more than one home.”

Anderson, Ansari to Promote Space Tourism in Abu Dhabi

Space Adventures CEO Eric Anderson and space tourist spaceflight participant astronaut millionaut Anousheh Ansari will be among those promoting civilian spaceflight during the Global Space Technology Forum in Abu Dhabi from November 16-18.

Zawya.com quotes Anderson as being bullish on space tourism. “The momentum is building for space tourism, we’ve turned a corner and proven that a market exists for space tourism. Space was previously controlled by a small number of governments, and it’s now opening up to the private sector. There’s been a paradigm shift and we’re moving into an era of personal space flight.”

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A Singapore spaceport for Virgin Galactic?

Todayonline.com reports that Virgin Galactic may be looking at Singapore as a possible base for its suborbital tourism business within the next five years.

This move could pose a challenge for Space Adventures, which announced plans to build a spaceport in Singapore back two years ago. However, the Virginia-based company has only raised about half the funding for the facility, according to CEO Eric Anderson. He said the company hopes to raise the remainder of the funding by year’s end.