Orbital Space Tourism - Affordable Ticket Prices in the Near Future

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M.O. van Pelt (2002), JBIS, 55, 182-187

Refcode: 2002.55.182
Keywords: Space tourism, reusable launch vehicle, RLV, cost, economics, entertainment

Can a sustainable orbital space tourism business be set up in the near future, based on the next generation of reusable launch vehicles? Using two recent reusable launch vehicle concepts, this paper presents the results of a cost estimate exercise focussing on this question. It looks at the potential ticket prices and indicates the main challenges, considerations and possibilities for a near-future space tourism business based on reusable launch vehicles.

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