Society & Culture:Places & Travel
Check-In Episode 25: Our Space Travel Future Is Here
According to the New York Times: “The number of people to travel to space in recent years has increased, and the pace is expected to only accelerate as a market for private spaceflight missions with wealthy tourists takes shape. The tally includes brief suborbital flights, such as the Blue Origin launch in July that carried Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and its former chief executive, to the edge of space with three other passengers.”
One of those companies is Space Perspective, a company that touts itself as the world’s first luxury spaceflight experience company.
In this episode, TMR checks-in with Jane Poynter, the CEO of Space Perspective, to talk about her background in discovery, and her new company, which is expected to launch their first official, tourist space flights in 2024.
While there are a lot of companies pursuing tourist spaceflight, Space Perspective is different in the way it gets its guests to space (via a balloon) and the way it wants to treats its customers (a luxury experience). It's also different in its costs (starting at $125,000 per person).
Poynter talks about not only what makes Space Perspective different, but also her expectations for the future of tourist spaceflight, and what impact the democratization of space travel could have on the world.
Space Perspective: https://spaceperspective.com/
Jane Poynter’s Human Experience https://archive.org/details/humanexperimentt00poyn
link for Jane's bio: https://spaceperspective.com/the-crew
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