These days it seems almost a foregone conclusion that the science fiction of the past generation should come true. The writer Ray Bradbury made a living and his fame teaching American readers to dream about Mars. Well, what more often comes true these days is the science part of science fiction, sans the shocking or gruesome dramatic turns. All time lines for the construction and testing of shuttles, landing capsules and habitats have been developed out of thorough conversations with engineers at a range of partners that have demonstrated the ability to build and integrate all required components. These are regular, manned flights to space, the first step toward extending human civilization past Earth. Investors hoping to profit from space colonization need to look beyond SpaceX, which is privately owned, and are already asking what effect its recent success and future plans will have on other, public companies. Who will stand to benefit from Mars taxis and Mars colonies? The obvious answer is those companies that build space shuttles, landing capsules and habitats, as well as the communications systems that will link them, and parts manufacturers, including Boeing, aerospace and satellite builder Lockheed Martin and defense and aerospace company Northrop Grumman. There are less obvious manufacturers to benefit from the privatization of space flight. But just how soon could Mars colonies and Mars taxis arrive? The U.
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The Mars One venture says more than , people registered their interest in taking a one-way trip to the Red Planet, but only a fraction of those are officially in the running for the trip. To be precise, 2, people have paid their registration fee and submitted public videos in which they make their case for going to Mars in — with no guarantee that they’ll ever come back. That’s calculated simply by adding up how many pages of videos are listed on Mars One’s website pages, at 10 videos per page, plus two extra. Some paid-up applicants may have asked that their videos be kept private, and that number would have to be added to 2, The application period ended on Aug. Mars One said second-round candidates would be notified of their status by the end of this year and undergo their interviews starting early next year. The field is supposed to be winnowed down further over the next year or two, through two rounds of reality-TV competitions. Revenues from that programming, plus sponsorships and other marketing arrangements, would go toward the multibillion-dollar cost of sending the first four-person crew to Mars. There’s not yet been word of any TV deals, however. Mars One plays off the fact that it’s far easier logistically to send astronauts on a one-way trip to Mars than to make a round trip.
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. More Videos Auditions for a one-way ticket to Mars More than , people are eager to make themselves at home on another planet. They’ve applied for a one-way trip to Mars, hoping to be chosen to spend the rest of their lives on uncharted territory, according to an organization planning the manned missions. The Mars One project wants to colonize the red planet, beginning in There are financial and practical questions about this venture that haven’t been clarified. Will there be enough money? Will people really be able to survive on Mars? But these haven’t stopped some 30, Americans from signing up. You can see some of the candidates on the project’s website, but they’re not the only ones who have applied, said Bas Lansdorp, Mars One CEO and co-founder. So the people that you can see online are only the ones that have finished and who have set their profiles as public,» Lansdorp said. The entrepreneur did not specify how many have paid the fees, completed their profiles and configured them as private. Anyone 18 or older may apply, but the fee depends on a user’s nationality. The company said it sets the price based on the gross domestic product per capita of each nation. The idea is for it to be funded by sponsors and media that will pay for broadcasting rights of shows and movies documenting everything from the astronauts’ training on Earth to their deployment and colonization of Mars. Out of the applicants, Mars One said it will select a multicontinental group of 40 astronauts this year. Four of them — two men and two women — are set to leave for Mars in September , landing in April
How can that possibly be worthwhile, they ask, since space transportation is so expensive? How can any advantage of the resources in space possibly make up for the huge transportation costs? Space Tourism. This involves flying to the ISS, taking trips around the Moon, or taking suborbital flights to see the Earth from the blackness of space while experiencing zero gravity. It might include hotels on the Moon or casinos in Earth orbit. You make money in space tourism by selling people an experience, which might change their lives. What other ways can you offer tourism experiences in space? Space Novelties. This involves selling anything related to space, not for its inherent value, but simply for the novelty that it is somehow connected to space.