About Those Space Joyrides…
The first suborbital tourists will spend up to $200,000 for a few precious minutes of weightlessness. How many minutes will they get?
- By David Warmflash
- AirSpaceMag.com, January 06, 2012
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As for the spaceship pilots, they will be highly trained and experienced. But they’ll be flying in a regime that only four people—Shepard, Grissom, and SpaceShipOne pilots Mike Melvill and Brian Binnie—have experienced before. As aerospace medical researchers Mark Campbell and Alejandro Garbino noted in a recent journal article, “Only further suborbital spaceflight experience will clarify if pilot performance will be affected.”
David Warmflash, M.D., is an astrobiologist, science journalist, and science lead for the U.S. team of the Planetary Society's Phobos Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment. Follow him on Twitter @CosmicEvolution