Very frustrating that the media is deliberately confusing sub-orbital joy-rides with real space travel.

It's like watching a rich person buy a cool surf-board and saying it's a first step towards low-cost transatlantic travel.

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@apLundell while fair you still get to be weightless and see the blackness of space, the blur of the atmosphere and the blue of the planet. Thats still a sight very few people have ever seen in person.

@n0btc I guess the difference is that we can believe, or at least hope, that real space travel is being done on behalf of all mankind. Progress. Science. Exploration.

Sub-orbital flights are just a joy ride for people who can afford it. And for all their PR hype, that's all they're designed to be.

@apLundell those prices will come down for sure. The supply/demand curve is way skewed right now. Tons of people want to go but there are few vehicles built to take them. As more vehicles are built and reused the price will have to drop. I bet by 2050 what is costing 250k right now will cost $10k.

@n0btc I'm dubious, but even if you're right, it's still a joy ride.

Even if it cost as little as a ticket to DisneyWorld, it would still irritate me that a luxury joy ride was being presented as private enterprise moving into space exploration.

A suborbital flight, while impressive, is closer to the Wright Flyer than it is to the space shuttle, and my complaint is that the media should be making that clear rather than pretending Virgin Galaxy is basically a stripped down space shuttle.

@apLundell ah good point. I am also pretty sure that this is only the first step. I would not be surprised if profits from these joyrides are put into r&d and construction of orbital crafts.
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