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Commercial Launch Advantages of Private Microgravity Habitats at Low Earth Orbit

18 Jun 2019, 18:13 UTC
Commercial Launch Advantages of  Private Microgravity Habitats at Low Earth Orbit
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Notional 7 meter in diameter Blue Origin space habitat (Credit: NASA & Blue Origin)By Marcel F. Williams A 2018 Pew Research poll suggest that 42% of Americans would be interested in traveling into space. But, so far, only seven super wealthy individuals have been able to do so with their own private funds. Multimillionaire Dennis Tito was the first tourist to travel into space to the ISS. Billionaire Charles Simonyi was the first space tourist to pay for two trips to the ISS.The Russian space agency has charged these super wealthy individuals between $20 million to $40 million to travel to the ISS. And because of the extraordinarily high cost of space travel, space tourism has been exclusively for the super wealthy.Multimillionaire Dennis Tito (far left) became the first space tourist in April of 2001Bigelow Aerospace is currently offering tickets to the ISS for $52 million each for a one to two month stay at the International Space Station. There are over 2100 billionaires on Earth. 52,000 people in the world who are worth over $100 million with 15,000 of those individuals living in the US alone. So there are at least 52,000 people on Earth who could afford to ...

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