For several years commercialized space travel has buzzed around Wall Street boardrooms. In fact, many American business’ consider this, “the universal marketplace of the future.”
During the Summer of 2013, CEO Richard Branson raised his company price for airfare departing Earth.
Under the subsidiary “Virgin Galactic,” Branson promised investors trips into space. Later that Summer, Branson lit one of his companies first rocket motors, on a prototype spaceship. That same day Virgin Galactic’s pre-sale price for a ticket into orbit, went from $200,000 to $250,000 dollars.
It was at that moment in history, when the idea of commercialized space travel began sounding realer and realer.
In 2014, Virgin Galactic claimed 700 tickets to space had already been sold. This was according to CNN. Furthermore, today Virgin Galactic claims they’ve accepted nearly 80 million dollars, in pre-sale deposits for “voyages to space.”
Space X, like Virgin Galactic, has also made headlines this year in the forthcoming “space industry.” Furthermore, not only has Space X begun selling pre-sale tickets to space, but they’ve also been attempting to build “reusable rockets.” In this way, scientists claim voyages to space could one day become more affordable.
Current NASA rockets break off into sections during flights. For this reason, Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, has been working to create a re-usable rocket, which could give his company the upper hand in the “space industry.”
So will “space voyages,” become the next big industrial sector? And if so, how far are we as consumers willing 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.
“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….
This past year, Space X began undertaking billions of dollars worth of government contracts. These contracts paid the private company for their work alongside NASA. Nevertheless, there are still many obstacles in terms of commercialized space travel technology. Most notably, making voyages to space more “affordable.” However, today many scientists are optimistic that this push for commercialized space travel, will begin to see results in the near future.
So what’s next for the “final frontier of the economy?”
Lets take a moment, to take a glance into the future.
Commercialized space travel has a wide array of potential outcomes, both economically and socially speaking. Will “space” become the vacation of the future? Will the moon become the next great amusement park? Or, 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 terms of “commercialized space travel.” This is all in the realm of commercialized space flight to come. While Moon colonies seem at the forefront of human advancement into “the space era,” perhaps even a lunar military installation could come about in the near future.
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 wide range of possibilities could result from that technology. This “once in a lifetime precipice,” should have everybody from imaginative skeptics, to billionaire entrepreneurs, scouring the possibilities of opening up the “space markets.”
Perhaps to prepare the human species for colonizing the moon, people may even develop “underwater cities,” here on Earth. Again this could all take place in the next decade. Colonizing the ocean, in preparation to create “moon colonies,” later on down the line, is a very real possibility. This concept could work to simulate the harsh environments of space, by encapsulating future Earth cities underwater. In turn this practice may used to prepare architects for the future of space colonization. Likewise, perhaps cities in harsh climates such as Antarctica could also be built. These colonies could be used in the forthcoming decades to test man-kinds ability to survive in harsh climates.
A whole plethora of science could result as a domino effect of these endeavors. In fact, commercialized space travel, could propel human kind into an entirely new era, in and of itself.
The Human Race?
Imagine humans living on the Moon. Furthermore, imagine humans 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 near future. This is due to the differences in gravity and available resources, on the lunar surface. So, would a lifetime on the moon’s ecosystem, cause the human race itself to evolve over generations? This could also become a seemingly unforeseen offshoot of future space colonies.
Otherwise, what else 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.”