Space Tourism is still a distant dream

February 6, 2015 1:23 PM

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If you're anything of an Elon Musk or SpaceX fan, or have just been following the two's high-profile news and announcements, your imagination may have been tickled pink by the prospect of regularly flying into space for leisure or business. In other words, space tourism. But despite the growing body of news around developments in this area, particularly in the design and manufacturing of rockets, recent rocket explosions should have also been a rather tragic wake up call, one that should make us ask again the most important and lingering question of all: are we really ready for non-professional, commercial space travel?

Elon Musk's ambitions for SpaceX are no secret. He wants to make space travel a commercial industry, not unlike planes. Heck, he even wants to setup cities on Mars. But he's no fool either. In order to make that even remotely feasible, not to mention sustainable, the industry needs to find a way to ...

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