So, the first-ever commercial spacecraft, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Enterprise, had it’s maiden voyage Virgin Galactic had it’s first maiden flight the other day – well, really it had a “captive carry” flight, which means it flew while attached to another plane. So, it was kind of a training wheels scenario.
Still, this is progress, and Virgin expects testing to continue through 2011 before they’ll be offering one flight a week, with six space tourists a flight, each paying $200,000 for the privilege of going briefly into space and doing…nothing much.
Man, when are we going to get a 2001 space hotel or casino up there to actually give space tourists something to do? Who wouldn’t want to drink a Space Martini or play some zero-gravity craps? Heck, Deep Space Nine did it on a budget of like $5 a week!