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The Spacefleet Project Space tourism and transport Dr. Raymond D Wright MD, Spacefleet Ltd.
The Spacefleet Project Spacefleet aims to take part in the “space tourism” market It is a market that is set to be worth billions of dollars per year So far, $20M has been spent by three well-heeled men, taking vacations on the International Space Station. There are other developments in progress
What is “space tourism”? It is travel and sightseeing in space by paying passengers. It can be divided into two sorts – of differing experience and cost: “sub- orbital space tourism” and “orbital space tourism” (In the remoter future, lunar travel will be added, no doubt – there are already plans)
Sub-orbital space tourism Total flight time ~ 45 minutes – 1 hour Stupendous view of the Earth from 100km altitude Zero-G of duration ~5 minutes Seat cost ~$200,000 (Futron Report cites the view of Earth as the single biggest attraction)
Orbital space tourism Total flight time not less than ~ 2.5 hours for a single orbit – probably up to 5 hours for, say, three orbits – unless visiting a space station Somewhat higher view of the Earth and zero-G duration not less than 1.5 hours Cost per seat ~ $500,000 for sightseeing orbits, rather more for a stay on a space station
The Spacefleet Project Space tourism is a reality now VG has 38,000 prospective customers VG has $10M in advance fees ($250,000 each) Futron Report estimated 1000 passengers in 2008-9 Three people have paid $20M for a trip to the ISS Futron assume sub-orbital flight ticket cost from $100,000 to $250,000
The Spacefleet Project The potential market will be at least as big as Futron predict, so there is a market for 1000 flights in 2008-9 VG will not be able to fulfil the demand There are only a few others who will be able to pick up the remainder SF could produce a (sub-orbital) craft to fly in 2010
The Spacefleet Project: SF-01 The SF-01 is a rocket-powered lifting body Vertical or ramp take-off Runway landing Three passengers, two crew Flies to >100km Glides back to land Est. development cost: ~ £35M
The Spacefleet Project Spacefleet Ltd. intends to build a sub- orbital craft, because it is a relatively easy introduction to space flight and the market is assured A sub-orbital craft requires ~ 4% of the energy necessary for orbital flight and does not need high-quality thermal shielding
The Spacefleet Project If successful with sub-orbital flights, SF intends to continue on to develop an orbital craft of similar overall design – better heat shielding, more powerful engines By the time we can achieve that, there will probably be a space hotel, perhaps by Hilton!
The Spacefleet Project Beyond orbital flight, there is the Moon for which a new craft, shuttling between Earth orbit and the lunar surface would be designed There is no limit to the follow-on projects that could be considered, and the revenues that could result, once a start can be made, with sub-orbital flight