Tourists in Space? Boeing Proposes Private-Sector Space Taxis
Boeing has plans to start commercial space taxis to transport astronauts and and maybe even tourists to outer space, cbc reports.The company has submitted a proposal to NASA for private-sector space taxis. NASA will sign agreements with a one or more companies in November.
The space shuttle is going out of use after 6 more missions after which American astronauts will catch a ride on Russian space missions:
The U.S. space agency is retiring its fleet of space shuttles after six more missions and plans to buy rides for astronauts, at a cost of $50 million a seat, from Russia.
A new spaceship will replace it called Ares 1 which will be ready no earlier than 2015.
This news is especially significant considering that water has recently been discovered on the surface of the moon , perhaps making the dead planet livable in the future. Nevertheless, it seems that traveling to space may become more common, and in the far, far future, even commonplace.
Currently only the US, Russia and China have the technology for space travel, which will give the countries a competitive edge if the demand for commercial space travel suddenly rises.
Do you think space travel will become a private service?