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metallicorphan
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« on: December 07, 2012, 01:57:46 PM »

got a spare $1.4billion?...perhaps look down the back of the couch?

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/338529

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Aspiring moon travellers would be well advised to start saving up now if they fancy a trip to the moon. Golden Spike has announced it plans to launch commercial moon trips from 2020, a mere snip for billionaires at $1.4 billion for two people.

Top luminaries with experience in outer space are behind the company that plans to launch commercial trips to the moon by the end of the decade. Former NASA associate administrator Alan Stern, who is a planetary scientist, heads up the Golden Spike as company president.

Next Big Future reported Stern issued a statement saying: "A key element that makes our business achievable and compelling is Golden Spike's team of nationally and internationally known experts in human and robotic spaceflight, planetary and lunar science, exploration, venture capital formation, and public outreach."

Golden Spike plans to approach foreign governments that may be interested in taking advantage of the moon trips for "scientific research or national prestige." (BBC). It may also attract those wealthy enough to take the trip simply for the prestige. Trips will be limited, with the company expecting to launch 15 - 20 moon flights.

New Scientist reported that although no tickets have yet been sold, Stern expects it will be a popular venture. He said "we think that there's going to be a strong market for it."

In addition to Stern other space veterans involved in the company include Apollo-era flight director Gerry Griffin, who once headed the Johnson Space Center, as Chairman of the board; Taber McCallum, co-founder and CEO of Paragon Space Development Corp; former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich as an adviser; NASA shuttle program manager Wayne Hale: and former NASA engineer Homer Hickam.

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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2012, 09:51:19 PM »

Given that the US can't currently put an astronaut in low earth orbit, seven years to lunar landings is a little ambitious.

According to another story that i read yesterday, Golden Spike only intends to develop the lunar lander, at a cost of $7-8 billion. They intend to take advantage of other infrastructure for earth orbital rendezvous, a cislunar transfer craft, and lunar orbital rendezvous. None of which exists yet, of course.

Now, if they really can get a lot of prospective passengers to put deposits down on those $1.4B tickets, there aren't any technological barriers to prevent them from realizing all of that...although even if money weren't any object, that's an awful lot of new hardware to test and deploy in seven years. 

Nice to see somebody serious about trying, though.
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 10:30:11 PM »

And before you know it we will be able to watch COLOR television as well!  Tongue
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