These are amazing times where for the Average of $250,000.00, you can spend an average of 90 minutes in space. SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Virgin Galactic are the current three major players.
Elon Musk and SpaceX:
SpaceX says that it costs $62 million every time its Falcon 9 rocket is launched, while the more powerful Falcon Heavy costs an estimated $90 million per launch. (SpaceX even says customers can get cheaper rates if they buy in bulk: “Modest discounts are available, for contractually committed, multi-launch purchases.”). But what really sets SpaceX apart, and has made it a magnet for controversy, are its prices: As advertised on the company’s Website, a Falcon 9 launch costs an average of $57 million, which works out to less than $2,500 per pound to orbit.
Amazons Blue Origin:
The reported Blue Origin pricing falls right in line with Virgin Galactic’s $250,000 ticket price, which, according to Reuters, has already been accepted by 650 people keen to experience this wholly new and exclusive form of tourism.
A 90-minute flight costs $250,000. Virgin Galactic has received about $80 million in deposits from future astronauts, Branson said. Short sightseeing trips to space aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket are likely to cost around $200,000 to $300,000, at least to start, Reuters reported in July.
Yes, a bit pricey, but I’m in my 50’s and remember when CD players came out, a cheap one was about $520.00. Digital watch $500.00, a portable tv was $250.00 dollars, cheaper if you get black and white. Now you can get an android phone for $19.95, far more powerful than anything we had in the ’80s.
As An Opinion:
Prices drop while major improvements are made, that’s alway’s been the way with technology. I expect prices will keep falling especially if people stay interested and get a good routine.
One thing I would alway’s say when I resented somebody, “How could I launch this guy into outer space”. Now I can really do it, I just need to have way too much money.