Boeing to Launch Space Tourism Business
Looks to have capsule up and running by 2015
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 16, 2010 10:04 AM CDT
The space shuttle Discovery, mounted atop a modified Boeing 747 shuttle carrier, lifts off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

(Newser) – Boeing would like to fly you to your next vacation destination—in space. The aerospace giant is developing a space capsule that it thinks will be ready to launch tourists by 2015, the company has announced. The capsule will have seven seats, enough to carry a few spectators alongside a crew of astronauts, the Houston Chronicle reports. A company VP says the goal is “to become the Boeing commercial aircraft of human space commerce.”

Boeing’s entry into the space tourism market may bring down prices—but that’s not saying a whole heck of a lot. The last space tourist paid $40 million for his seat. Boeing’s plan also represents an endorsement of President Obama’s efforts to increase funding for commercial spaceflight. Boeing received $18 million this year to develop rockets and space capsules, and will need even more to finish the project. For more on space tourism, click here.

 

My Take on This Story
Show results without voting  |  
7%
0%
11%
4%
77%
2%