Thursday, March 31, 2005
Space Tourism News: The Flashy and the Low Key
Meanwhile, in Southern California's bedroom community of Temecula, Aeraspace Corporation unveiled an animation of its commercial space rocket. Aeraspace has contracted with the United States Air Force and Cape Canaveral to send vertically-launched rockets into space carrying commercial passengers. Their plans include a highly ambitious goal of launching the first commercial flight in 2006 and manufacturing one rocket each month after that.
Thanks to a world-class PR campaign, everybody on Earth has heard of Branson and his plans to fly into space. Who's ever heard of Aeraspace? Their website doesn't tell a whole lot about themselves. And Temecula? To Southern Californians Temecula is known more for it's relatively low housing costs, wineries, balloon rides, and being located about halfway between San Diego and Riverside. Who'd have thought commercial space tourism would be developing there? But if Aeraspace pulls this off, they'll beat Virgin Galactic by two years and Temecula will never be the same.
Labels: Space Captains Of Industry
Still, I've got my fingers crossed that this is really more than just pie-in-the-sky flummery. After downloading the videos and perusing the site, it seems a mite sketchy to me. No significant names that I know of were attached (at least that I could find), and I thought the CGI pieces were a bit amateurish (not to mention the fact that, while the launch is nicely shown, the return vehicle, which supposedly lands on a nearby runway or airfield, isn't shown or even mentioned within the promo clips).
Still, I can't help but get excited by something like this. I'm not sure I can afford it, but rest assured, I'll be entering any and every contest to get up there (in fact, the site, in the FAQs, even mentions that route as a way to get on the earliest flights).
Thanks for pointing this one out ... I sure hope it flies!
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