Hi Rick, this doesn't seem to excite the level of interest in paying customers if all that happens is a couple of minutes of "floating" experience. Can't one do the same in something like NASA's KC 135 vomit comet at a much lower tab?
Our author kept refering to Space Station 1&2, I think he ment Space Ship 1&2,unless he knows something different.
KC135 is an old converted airliner, (replaced by KC10 a converted DC10) and the float time is only a few seconds, 20 - 30, at a time. Then climb again and drop. I've experienced that on a P3, it's neat, but 4 minutes gives a nice piece of time to experiment (depending on the freedom alowed).
This is the luxury money can get. There is a famous advertisement for Mastercard and Visa card "There are some things money cant buy but for everything else there is a Mastercard". People who have enough money to setlle daily expenses and enough secure investments for life tme, going to space is really nice to have. Soon more and more people will go.
As in the post of Divacar, I cannot see the value for $250 000 just to float in midair for only 4 minutes and then say you've been in space. Yuri Gargarin I reckon had a better experience that this. Now let's make it a full two or three orbits of earth, that would be worth it, yes....
I don't want to be such a naysayer, but am I the only person who is weary about "commercialization of space trips"?
I do get the excitement for the rich to go to places they have never been before. But, seriously, for what purposes, other than the bragging rights to say "I've been there"? What will space travellers be learning from this experience?