– December 18th 2015 – Commercialized Space Travel: Business In The Final Frontier? –
For many years, commercialized space travel has been buzzing around Wall Street investors tongues, as the world patiently awaits, “the universal marketplace of the future.”
In summer of 2013, CEO Richard Branson raised his company’s pre-sale price for airfare departing Earth, as “Virgin Galactic,” lit the rocket motor on one of their prototype spaceships. Virgin Galactic’s pre-sale price for a ticket into orbit went from, $200k to $250k that day, a day when the idea of commercialized space travel, began to get realer and realer.
In 2014, Virgin Galactic claimed 700 tickets to space had already been sold, according to CNN. Furthermore, today their company is said to have accepted nearly 80 million dollars in deposits, for future “space voyages.”
Space X, like Virgin Galactic, has also made headlines this year, in large part because of their attempts to build “reusable rockets,” which scientists claim, “could one day make space travel more affordable.”
Current NASA rockets break off into sections during flights, so for Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, creating a re-usable rocket could mean getting the upper hand on the future of the “space industry.”
So will “space voyages,” become the next big industrial sector? And if so, how far are we as consumers going to go for a trip to space?
Those questions, along with many others, have yet to be seen… However, companies like Space X might be taking passengers into orbit sooner than science fiction might indicate. Elon Musk, the ambitious owner of Space X, has posted a mission on his company website that not only indicates commercialized space travel is in the near future, but that Space X has already begun doing routine missions to space, on a commercial level, for government and NASA projects….. On the Space X website, their mission is posted;
“Our launch manifest is populated by a diverse customer base, including space station resupply missions, commercial satellite launch missions, and US government science and national security missions.”
So how long until commercialized space travel becomes a commonplace reality? Maybe not as long as some might think….
Just this year, Space X began undertaking billions of dollars worth of government contracts for their work alongside NASA. Yet there are still many complicated obstacles in the way, in terms of advancing their technology into more “affordable space travel.” However, many are optimistic that this push for commercialized space travel will begin to see all sorts of different results in the not so distant future.
So what’s next for the “final frontier of the economy.”
To take a further glance into the future, commercialized space travel has a whole array of potential outcomes, economically and socially speaking. Will “space” become the vacation of the future? Will the moon become the next great amusement park? Will Donald Trump build a hotel, orbiting the Earth? And if so, when will these types of things become accessible to the general public and not just the billionaire class?
Theoretically speaking, a variety of things MAY take place, in the realm of commercialized space flight to come. Moon colonies seem to be at the forefront of human advancement into “the space era.” Perhaps even army/military installations on the Earth’s natural satellite, the lunar surface, will come into fruition during the coming decade.
In the beginning, space hotels may be the hot ticket. Once Space X finds a way to create their re-usable rockets, said to enhance the likelihood of cost effective space travel, a whole range of possibilities could arise as a result of commercialized space travel. This “once in a lifetime precipice,” to what surely may become “the industry of the future,” should have everybody from imaginative skeptics, to billionaire entrepreneurs, scouring the possibilities of opening up markets to commercialized space travel.
Perhaps to prepare the human species for colonizing the moon, people may even develop “underwater cities,” here on Earth, in preparation to create “moon colonies,” later on down the line. This concept could work to simulate the harsh environments of space, by encapsulating perhaps future Earth cities underwater, preparing architects for the future of space colonization. Likewise, perhaps cities in harsh climates such as Antarctica could be built, to test man-kinds ability to survive in harsh climates, leading up to future space exploration/colonization.
A whole plethora of offshoots could result as a domino effect of commercialized space travel, which who knows, could propel human kind into an entirely new era, in and of itself.
Imagine humans colonizing the moon, evolving over generations into their new gravity. Perhaps over time, a moon colony could, just maybe, even evolve into a new species of humanoid altogether. This effect could realistically occur in the future, due to the differences in gravity and available resources, over future centuries. Would a lifetime on the moon’s ecosystem, cause the human race itself to evolve over generations, as an unforeseen offshoot of future space colonies?
Furthermore, what says “it’s time to address inequality,” quite like a private space ship, sitting on your neighbors lawn?
The possibilities of commercialized space travel are endless and as 2015 comes to a close, the future looks that much more amazing.
By: William Larsen
Civilians News – “News For All Views.”