Experts and public react as space tourism takes off – Scot Scoop News

Unlocking the secrets of the infinite unknown may happen sooner than we think.

That is, for the price of $450,000.

The aerospace company Galactic Virgo announced that they will offer suborbital flights to customers in 2022. The trip offers customers a chance to see outer space up close for recreation. Although the idea of ​​ordinary citizens seeing space seems outlandish given the current price, the gradual normalization of space tourism could change that.

“I think most people are fascinated by space, travel and adventure. Space tourism provides an outlet for all three,” said Kamil Stelmachgraduate student in the chemistry department at the University of Virginia.

The idea of ​​recreational space tourism has been germinating since the 1990s when the businessman Dennis Tito took the first recreational trip to space. Until the present day, the visitation space has been limited to extremely wealthy people in society such as Jeff Bezoswho Last year took a jaunt through space using its vast resources.

“The wealthiest people in society taste new technologies first when they are expensive,” Stelmach said.

However, Virgin Galactic’s decision to make excursions available to the general public opens the door to the potential of space tourism being made available to more people in the future. Instead of companies building specialized spaceships for the use of a very wealthy person, 1,000 people can now buy the ticket, as long as they have the money for it.

Stelmach noted that this increase in access could have an effect on ticket prices in the future.

“Generally, products and services will become cheaper over time as more money will flow into them and developments can be made to improve them,” Stelmach said. “The first computers were so expensive that national governments had to finance their creation. Now, it’s not uncommon for people to have multiple computers and I think something similar will eventually happen with space travel.

In the future, when planning a trip to space, certain calculations will have to be made. Even if there is a chance to travel beyond the planet, Stelmach thinks the lure is no excuse for civilians to forget about Earth and the impact frequent space travel could have.

“The whole world has done such a poor job of fighting climate change that the last thing the Earth needs right now is another industry contributing to the problem,” Stelmach said.

According to Stelmach, space tourism could bring various possibilities in terms of environmental impact. None of these possibilities seem very environmentally friendly.

“Methane emissions issues aren’t too common, so it’s not a big issue right now. However, this could become a bigger problem in the future if space tourism takes off and hydrocarbon propellants are used,” Stelmach said.

In addition to environmental concerns, space tourism poses other problems, such as resource inequality.

“Billionaires doing rides as publicity stunts frankly disgusts me, but I don’t know if that disgusts me more than most things billionaires do,” said Remy Indebetouw, professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia. “I believe the Earth’s resources should be shared more equitably among all, not hoarded by a few.”

The whole world has done such a poor job of fighting climate change that the last thing the Earth needs right now is another industry contributing to the problem.

—Kamil Stelmach

The ethical issues of space tourism are not limited to private companies alone; According to Indebetouw, there are also future issues that need to be addressed before it’s too late.

“Think about the ethics of space colonization, which many people see as the next logical step after visiting space,” Indebetouw said. “Human residence on other planets presents all sorts of problems and we as a society are still trying to overcome our own history of colonialism.”

According to Indebetouw, humans aim to visit space to find natural resources, as seen with the aim of colonize the planet Mars. According to History Extra, the human desire to interfere with the ecosystems of other planets reflects 15th century colonialism.

Nevertheless, citizens are accepting new technology and anticipating fascinating changes. Among these citizens is Briggs Buckman, a local resident who keeps abreast of current affairs and observes the technological developments taking place.

I think space tourism is an inevitable step in human exploration. It will not negatively affect citizens in any way that I can see other than the excessive use of gas and oil,” Buckman said.

I think human involvement in space exploration has an intangible benefit. While inspiring us all, if done correctly, it makes us proud of what humans can achieve. »

— Remy Indebetouw

Some people are more optimistic than others, but overall Indebetouw thinks this is an exciting step forward for everyone.

“I think human involvement in space exploration has an intangible benefit. While inspiring us all, if done right, it makes us proud of what humans can accomplish,” Indebetouw said.

For Stelmach, the global involvement in space tourism is yet another alien, but compelling step into the future and a symbol of modern technology.

“If readers are to have the opportunity to venture into space, they must seize it”, Stelmach said.

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