In a move destined to anger NewSpace advocates, Mitt Romney has released a letter of support signed by eight space leaders, including prominent commercial space critics Mike Griffin, Scott Pace and Gene Cernan. Pace, in fact, is chairman of the Romney Space Policy Advisory Group.
“We have watched with dismay as President Obama dismantled the structure that was guiding both the government and commercial space sectors, while providing no purpose or vision or mission,” the signers wrote. “This failure of leadership has thrust the space program into disarray and triggered a dangerous erosion of our technical workforce and capabilities. In short, we have a space program unworthy of a great nation.”
An estimated 140 private individuals will travel into orbit on a commercial basis through 2020, according to a new market forecast done by Space Adventures.
Officials from the Virginia-based space tourism company held a press conference on Thursday to explain their results and to provide an update on the company’s planned circum-lunar flyby. Space Adventures Chairman Eric Anderson and board member Richard Garriott discussed the results of their survey, which was done at the request of NASA, Boeing and other companies.
Over the past decade, seven private space tourists — including Garriott — flew to the International Space Sstation on eight missions (one man flew twice). Space Adventures expect orbital space tourism to increase substantially over the next decade as new private vehicles come online to challenge Russia’s monopoly on space tourism.
Space Adventures Hosts Tele-conference to Announce Circumlunar Mission Developments and Market Outlook for Orbital Spaceflight
WHAT: As we celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Dennis Tito’s pioneering orbital spaceflight, please join Eric Anderson and Richard Garriott as they outline the future of private exploration and announce new developments regarding the company’s circumlunar mission.
Space Adventures, the only company that has provided human space missions to the global marketplace, became world renowned on April 28, 2001 with the launch of Dennis Tito, the first privately-funded spaceflight participant. Since then, the company has launched six other individuals to space.
WHO: Eric Anderson, Chairman of Space Adventures Richard Garriott, Vice-Chairman of Space Adventures and 1st Second Generation American Astronaut
WHEN: Thurs., May 5, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)
RSVP: Please reply to this e-mail or contact Stacey Tearne at +1 202 256 7917 to request dial-in information.
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.)
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.Â Anderson was elected by a diverse cross-section of industry leaders at a recent board meeting.Â Anderson succeeds Mark Sirangelo of Sierra Nevada Space Systems, who has completed his appointed term as Federation Chairman.Â Mr. Sirangelo will continue on as an officer and board member of the Federation as Chairman Emeritus. (more…)
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 Intentionalâ€™s transformative technology to the worldwide marketplace.
SmartPlanet.com has a Q&A with Space Adventures Eric Anderson focused on the Virginia-based company’s plans for circum-lunar space tourism flights. The missions are still on the books, apparently. Which books? That’s a good question.
“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.”
HalogenLife has an interview with Eric Anderson in which the Space Adventures CEO discusses the prospects for orbital space travel. Anderson believes costs will come down to a point where most people will be able to go. Alas, it may not happen in the (average) lifetime of anyone say, over 35 or 40.
“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.”
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.
â€œDecades from now, we will need to bring the resources of the solar system into our economic sphere of influence,â€ he told delegates to the Global Space Technology Forum being held in Abu Dhabi this week. â€œWe need to colonise other planets.â€
And Earthâ€™s history, marked by catastrophic events that have reshaped the path of life itself, makes space exploration an even more pressing necessity. â€œThese events will happen again,â€ Mr Anderson said, â€œand 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.â€