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Would you pay $250,00 to travel to space via Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo?

Yes, even if I it would bankrupt me
Yes, only if I was financially stable
Yes, only if I were Bill Gates
No, it's a pointless waste of money

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Offline ClaytonBirchenough

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Just thought I’d throw a poll out there and see how many enthusiasts would actually go on a Virgin Galactic ride to space via SpaceShipTwo. In order to prepare for the “ride”, one must pass centrifuge and medical tests. All this for just a few minutes in zero-g…

So what’ll it cost ya? Only $250,000.  ;D

As of this post, there are over 600 people signed up to fly on SpaceShipTwo. Some famous passengers of interest include Stephen Hawking, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

So… would you ride aboard SS2 into space for $250,000?
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Offline QuantumG

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I bet the first option would have gotten a lot more votes a decade ago.
Human spaceflight is basically just LARPing now.

Offline ClaytonBirchenough

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I bet the first option would have gotten a lot more votes a decade ago.


Why's that?
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Even if I had anywhere close to $250K to spend on something like this, I still wouldn't buy a ride.  Unless I was at the Bill Gates or Warren Buffet level of wealth.  If it were 100 times cheaper, around $2,500 or so, I would very seriously consider it and probably go.  But I couldn't see spending a quarter million on just a few minutes in suborbital space.

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No. I'd spend it on one of those media huts at KSC, buy a kettle, a sleeping bag and happily live there for the rest of my life ;D

Of course, if someone offered me a free ticket, I'd hardly turn it down!
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Offline QuantumG

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I bet the first option would have gotten a lot more votes a decade ago.


Why's that?

The Ansari X-Prize was won on October 4, 2004. The buzz was incredible. There was people lining up to fly and they would have paid whatever was asked. After almost 9 years, it's all a bit ho-hum now.
Human spaceflight is basically just LARPing now.

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The Ansari X-Prize was won on October 4, 2004. The buzz was incredible. There was people lining up to fly and they would have paid whatever was asked. After almost 9 years, it's all a bit ho-hum now.


Certainly the buzz was better 9 years ago, but 600 passengers represents over $120 million in revenue, not exactly "ho-hum."

I can't imagine the buzz when the first passengers are given a ride into space. Bookings will surely skyrocket!
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No. I'd spend it on one of those media huts at KSC, buy a kettle, a sleeping bag and happily live there for the rest of my life ;D

Of course, if someone offered me a free ticket, I'd hardly turn it down!

Not such a bad idea... ;)
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Offline spectre9

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I voted no.

It's too much money to spend for the average person.

I don't think you'd need to be Bill Gates though.

It's more like what percentage of your net worth are you willing to spend?

People aren't going to sell their house to take a ride to space. For multi-millionaires though this would be a cool thing to do.

To me it looks like the safety drives the cost.

I'd rather a cheap ticket on SS1 and a chance to die in a fireball.  8)

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I'd rather a cheap ticket on SS1 and a chance to die in a fireball.  8)

Once upon a time, people talked about suborbital space tourism as a means for paying the bills while developing engines, vehicles, and operational knowledge for cheap access to space. First suborbital, then orbital, then beyond. So that ticket wasn't just about a joy ride, it was about being part of the revolution. "Safety" would not be expected because it was understood that everyone was learning. These days they're talking about kids on suborbital vehicles, it's almost entirely backwards now.
Human spaceflight is basically just LARPing now.

Offline mheney

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I've got a ride booked on XCOR's Lynx - but that's due more to a case of fortuitous circumstance than anything else.

I'd be unlikely to pay $250,000 unless I was up in Bill Gates terrory - and if I had THAT much cash, I'd be buying a ride on a Dragon for some orbital time.

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If i were at Bill Gates level, I wouldn't be buying ride on SS2 - I would own one.
Seriously, if I were that rich I would be investing into SpaceX, REL or Blue Origin, not buying joyrides.

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I went with the Bill Gates option.  Seriously, I'd have to be pretty darn wealthy...but if I had enough money that I could spend that much on a joyride while still being able to fund more pressing and more altruistic things as well, then maybe.  (Altruistic referring to making sure my family was taken care of and yes, also contributing to charities and other worthy causes.)

Honestly, I'm not sure exactly where my risk tolerance lies....would I strap myself into this vehicle before it's well proven?  I hesitate to say yes.  Obviously there's always risk, but I think I'd want some flight history before I signed up.

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No.

For me "space" just meaning "airless" always has been of no interest.
Flying SS2 with will yield operational experience, which I find great. But hybrid engines will not help us on our way to sustainable travel throughout the Solar system.

And as you might have guessed, the money is not there.

And I find all that VTOVL stuff much more relevant.
And not to forget methane engines.

Offline MP99

@Hauerg,

I'm with ya - the only way SS2 is getting into space is if aliens mysteriously transport it there.

A quick flit above the Karman lline ain't doing it. Only 1% of the way. But would be a cool stunt if I was rich as Kroesus, so "Gates" option for me.

But poll really needs to add a "it's not really space" option.

Cheers, Martin

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@Hauerg,

I'm with ya - the only way SS2 is getting into space is if aliens mysteriously transport it there.

A quick flit above the Karman lline ain't doing it. Only 1% of the way. But would be a cool stunt if I was rich as Kroesus, so "Gates" option for me.

But poll really needs to add a "it's not really space" option.

Cheers, Martin

It's in space, it's just not in orbit.

Offline MP99

@Hauerg,

I'm with ya - the only way SS2 is getting into space is if aliens mysteriously transport it there.

A quick flit above the Karman lline ain't doing it. Only 1% of the way. But would be a cool stunt if I was rich as Kroesus, so "Gates" option for me.

But poll really needs to add a "it's not really space" option.

Cheers, Martin

It's in space, it's just not in orbit.

It's only in "space", not space, *because* it ain't in orbit. Only my opinion, but it's one many people share.

I can stick my head in a bucket of water for 30 secs - doesn't mean that's comparable to me taking a submarine ride.

Cheers, Martin

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It's only in "space", not space, *because* it ain't in orbit. Only my opinion, but it's one many people share.

It's not a matter of opinion. You're wrong.

Human spaceflight is basically just LARPing now.

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YES, I'd fly twice a weekend if I had the money.

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Suborbital space and orbital space are the same thing. The trajectory is different.

An "orbital trajectory" is simply called an orbit.

A suborbital trajectory is a trajectory intersecting the atmosphere.

 

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