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http://www.breitbart.com/news/2005/12/13/D8EFDD488.html


LONDON - Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 "founders" who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin flights in late 2008 or early 2009.


I'll probably never find the money but going into space is something I would truly like to do. I want to see Earth from orbit, want to see the way Lake Superior looks from space. I might be nuts, but I think this is fascinating.
 

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Ohhh yeah!!


There are som many small space launch companies its craaazy.

We do work for a whole bunch of them...its gonna become reality real soon.
 

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My god, doesn't Virgin already own enough companies??
Virgin Galactic!!! :histeric:
 

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One day you won't need 200K to go to space: it'll be much cheaper, but not in our lifetime...
 

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hahahaha yeah! Branson is cool, I have to admit that, and he looks a bit like Mick Jagger....
 

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One day you won't need 200K to go to space: it'll be much cheaper, but not in our lifetime...
I dunno if id be so sure about that. I would be wiling to bet that by the time you and I are in our 70's, you could probably go for 5-10k if not less. Technology is moving at an astonishing pace.
 

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Oh I sure hope it is. Does anyone remember that scene from "Space Cowboys," where Clint Eastwood is finally in space, looking down on Italy? That's what I want!
 

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not me , they cant even get me on an airplae without being drugged ...aint getting me on one of them overgrown bottle rockets with leather seats ....
 

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Jimmy Page also hated airplanes also...He would NOT fly commerical, he had to go private jets
 

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Most of my clients are betting space toursim will be up and running in a decade.
Othewise the big bucks they pay us to design these rockets and space hotels just doesn't add up....
 

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Powerglide, what do you do? Stockbroker?
 

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I used to trade stocks, convertible bonds, credit derivatives for an investment bank in NYC and Tokyo.....but I quit a couple years ago, moved here to SoCal and joined a start up engineering consulting firm. (all my degrees and my passion are in engineering)

The clients I speak of in my post #11 are actual aerospace companies that we do design/test/analysis for. So much more interesting but such a huge pay cut its not even funny.
 

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interesting....you sound like a pretty smart guy
 

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Playdrv4me said:
I dunno if id be so sure about that. I would be wiling to bet that by the time you and I are in our 70's, you could probably go for 5-10k if not less. Technology is moving at an astonishing pace.
You little whippersnapper!!! Grandpa Illumina thinks...Umm...What was I saying?? I remember back in my days, space ports were...Umm...Where's my "Oops, I Crapped My Pants" diaper at?? :bonkers: I'm too old for this...:helpless:
 

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Anyways, I agree that technology is by and far moving quite well, but for the general public to just go into space on a cheap whim might be a stretch...I hope not though...
 
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