What is the future of commercial space flight?

Private spaceflight is a spaceflight or the development of new spaceflight technology that is conducted and paid for by an entity other than a government agency. Early on in the beginning of space exploration, the government agencies of the Soviet Union and the United States developed space technology in collaboration with affiliated design bureaus. However, later on defense contractors began to develop and operate space launch systems, that are derived from government rockets.

On December 12th, the Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo was wheeled down a stark runway in Mojave, California. It worked like a regular passenger jet. But WhiteKnight Two wasn’t just any plane. Hooked between the two hulls was a space plane called SpaceshipTwo, set to be the first private craft to regularly carry tourists away from the Earth.

For most of spaceflight history, civilians have strayed away from such adventures. But now it is becoming more and more common for tourists to travel the galaxy. Today, companies run by powerful billionaires are now using their money to fulfil space travelers dreams. Virgin Galactic, for its part, comes of as a tourists outfit. Other companies are helping to set up permanent residence on the moon and mars. There is much talk about the strength of the human spirit and the irrepressible exploratory nature of ours.

Sanaa Dalvi

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