Thursday, 16 July 2020

Space Travel - Back with a Big Bang


BACK WITH A BIG BANG

 

Here we are at last.  Back with a Big Bang, some might say.

 

As promised, dear Readers, we’re bringing you a quick catch up on our ultimate Travel Trend:  space travel, ahead of making our way, rather more sedately, around Europe in a bid to bring you ideas and thoughts for the coming months.

 

However, let’s have a quick catch-up as to where we are in the space race.  Firstly, setting the scene with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nq5vZ1I0HAU to get us in the mood.  Although I don’t know about you, dear Readers, but considering the recent worldwide events, it does feel a little bit…how do we put it…apocalyptic…?

The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells

 

If I refer you back to our previous blog posts on the subject, our conclusions were that basically Branson was our most realistic chance of getting into space, but that Musk was the most authentic.  However we questioned the viability of Musk in terms of was he going to forget the commercial flight enterprise in favour of NASA?  Well, read on, dear Readers, read on.

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On 30th May 2020, despite being in the middle of a global pandemic of proportions no one could have dreamt of, SpaceX made history with the first successful human space launch.  This launch vehicle will now be certified for operational use for the regular transportation of people into space.  That’s pretty huge.  This was the first time it’s been done with humans on it (two brave guys called Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken who just happened to be NASA astronauts).

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However, chaps, here’s the NASA bit coming up:  it turns out that NASA created the Commercial Crew space programme in order to encourage private development so that basically people such as Musk could spend their own money developing a commercial vehicle which NASA could use.

 

We have touched on this before and it becomes even more obvious now, but thanks to Musk and the successful launch, NASA no longer needs to rely upon buying tickets on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft to get access to the International Space Station and let’s face it, that’s huge.  The more cynical amongst us, let’s face it, will consider that was the main aim for this whole circus.  However, everyone involved maintains that in reality this is the beginning of a new era for commercial space travel.

 

Interestingly enough, SpaceX has actually already signed an agreement with a private space tourism booking company called Space Adventures (https://spaceadventures.com) and really, dear Readers, Google it for yourselves, you really don’t want to know how much this costs.  I mean, a starting ball-park of $15 million should give you an idea…However, an most importantly for Travel Trends (we may have to enjoy this one vicariously) using the Crew Dragon, SpaceX is hoping to send the first paying tourists up on orbital flights by the end of next year.  Although, one could argue, like anything the first developmental phase will be the most expensive, and already there is talk of identifying a sustainable and reusable launch system which would dramatically bring the price down, it may be a bit of a wait for us mere mortals still.


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Of course, it won’t all be tourists, and we must realise that this will predominately, at least to make it viable, be used by private astronauts and scientists and that, I think you’ll agree, is extremely interesting.  Ergo space no longer remains the reserve of NASA and its friends, but is opened up to private and more diverse research.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

 

And guess what, if your mind isn’t already a little bit blown, it cannot escape Hollywood.  Yes, you guessed it, Tom Cruise is planning to film on the International Space Station.  Of course he is.  Although I’m not entirely sure what his Scientology friends would have to say about that one!

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Watch this space, dear Readers…
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