XXI Century



Moon phase


Norbert Wiener


The Da Vinci Code

Holy Blood, Holy Grail

The Solomon Key



The first email

Concerned Scientists write to Bush

Economics Nobel 2003

Chemistry Nobel 2003

Medicine Nobel 2003
Literature Nobel 2003

Physics Nobel 2003

Life on Mars ?
Rosalind Franklin and the Discovery of Double Helix

Good Bye Dolly
On Stonehenge
The Loss of Columbia
IG Nobel 2002
The invention of :-)
West Nile Virus
Asteroid Impact?
Molecule Hunt
Tuxedo Park
Ancient Trade Routes
Pop Singer to Fly In Space
Great Ideas

Computational Genomics



The Universe in a Nutshell
Copenhagen, the Play
Count of Monte Cristo
Nobel Prize 2001
John Nash
Kernel Methods

Ig-Nobel Prize
Einstein's Brain
Space Turism
Floating City
Mir's Blast
Great Books
Nobel Prize
In the mind of:
Serial Killers
The secret shuttle
Are we aliens?
Studying ET
Pattern Analysis
Early Vibrators
and Hysteria
among us
Book: Darwin
Book: Russell


Tourism and Life
in Space

One of the typical images of the future, in the collective unconscious, is the possibility of space flight and even of living in space for work or for tourism.

After the historic flight of Dennis Tito, this is not just a dream anymore. And many are already prepared to seize the opportunities offered by this new fronteer.

The Russians and the Japanese are among the pioneers in the commercial exploitation of space, but also senior american experts like Edwin Aldrin (second man on the moon) have their plans.

Rumors keep on surfacing about the involvement of Hilton Hotels, British Airways and Virgin with the Japanese, regarding a space hotel. Plans are rather advanced.
Since 1993, the Japanese Rocket Society have been working very hard indeed on their Kankoh-maru SSTO VTOL, a vehicle designed to carry 50 people up to space at a time from more or less any airport anywhere.

Another project involves the construction of a permanent resort. According to Gene Meyers, president of Space Island Group, the space resort will be assembled by using external fuel tanks from NASA's space shuttle that will remain in orbit until at least twelve are assembled end-to-end to form a ring. Two additional tanks will be joined together to create a center column, with several small tubes connecting the outer ring with the center column. Space Island Group is a leader in developing a plan to design, build and operate commercial space transportation systems and destinations dedicated to commerce, research, satellite repair, manufacturing, tourism and many other uses in space.

The wheel shaped stations rim interiors would have the "feel" of 1/3 normal gravity. Dining, bathing and other activities would be practical, and would avoid the harmful physical effects of zero-g. The central column could receive and store the station’s supplies, and house its mechanical and electronic systems. Zero-g suites or work areas could be built into several free-floating ETs drifting a few hundred yards from the wheel, guided by the wheel-station's crew. The President recently signed legislation allowing commercial shuttle launches at rates "substantially" below NASA’s costs, whatever those costs are found to be. While each shuttle can deliver up to 50,000 pounds of cargo to orbit, the fact that it also delivers a 66,000 ET having nearly 90,000 cubic feet of safe, habitable interior space to orbit on each flight has been completely overlooked. An Aft Cargo Carrier is essentially a storage compartment added to the rear end of a standard ET, serving much the same function as a trunk serves on a car. The Wheel Stations Hydroponics rooms will be able to grow a variety of vegetables, fruits and seafood allowing the stations fresh food.

Buzz Aldrin, of Apollo 11, Starcraft Enterprises and ShareSpace, spoke of his long-standing efforts to generate expanded efforts for space development. In recent years these have extended to include support for the development of space travel and tourism services for the general public. Buzz focussed particularly on his efforts to get the "Starbooster" family of general-purpose boosters developed in order to reduce the launch costs of existing rockets. More recently Buzz has been working to realise his idea for ShareSpace - an international lottery organisation that would provide prizes of space tourism and related services. If this can get under way, it could play a significant role in actualising the potential demand for space travel services so that it can help to generate the credibility and funding needed for the development of passenger launch vehicles. (The idea is well-described in the early part of Buzz's novel "Encounter with Tiber" - though there's apparently an even better one on the way!)



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