Space Future has been on something of a hiatus of late. With the concept of Space Tourism steadily increasing in acceptance, and the advances of commercial space, much of our purpose could be said to be achieved. But this industry is still nascent, and there's much to do. So...watch this space.
MirCorp, the company formed by RSC Energia and a consortium of American businessmen, is set to take its first paying space tourist to the Mir Space Station, according to this BBC News article. MirCorp will be holding a live press conference about the mission on Monday, June 19, at their website at http://www.mirstation.com/.
After many months of 'on-again, off-again' rumours that the MIR space station could be maintained in orbit as a private business facility if some tens of millions of dollars of new investment could be raised, it appears that this is about to happen.
The 2nd International Symposium on Space Tourism took place in Bremen from April 21-23, organised by Professor
Uwe Apel of Bremen Technical University as Chair of the Program Committee, and Hartmut Mueller of Space Tours Gmbh as Chair of the Host Committee. Among the 26 papers presented, several are destined to become recognised as 'classic' papers in the field, establishing an important new element of accepted wisdom among professionals in the field, or creating what will be seen as a milestone in the future.
Two New Companies Add Reality to Space Future's Vision
Over the past few weeks, two self-made billionaire businessmen have established companies with the stated objective of playing roles in the commercial space tourism industry that is becoming increasingly widely recognised as the true future of space activities.