Taking off: News10NBC Deepens Future of Space Tourism
He is one of some 600 people worldwide who have a seat aboard a future Virgin Galactic space flight and hopes to have the chance to go to space by 2023.
In the meantime, he continues his day job which has developed into his passion in recent years.
“We have seen a real evolution in our business from destination-based travel to experiential travel. So people are looking for something more than a nice beach and a good meal, ”Curran explained.
That’s why he became a certified space travel agent.
Jennifer Lewke (News10NBC) – What are you actually able to sell to people right now when it comes to space travel?
Craig Curran – So there are a number of products that we can sell right now, we can sell trips to the international space station, those are available but more down to earth in terms of what’s available … people at the NASTAR training facilities in Philadelphia which is a national training center with a centrifuge. You can browse different profiles of different space launches and space experiences. You can ride and fly in MiG fighters or do aerial combat, aerobatic airplane flights, things of that nature.
Or, you can stay local but feel like you’re out of this world.
“Zero-G is an airplane which is a specially modified Boeing 727 that does parabolic flights and when you are at the climax at the top… you are weightless for 20 to 35 seconds,” Curran explained.
The Zero-G aircraft will be here in Rochester for the first time, for a day in September.
“When you get to the climax you get lighter and all of a sudden you start floating on the floor and you hit the ceiling and the movement is absolutely effortless. We’re going to do it 15 times with 20 to 30 seconds of weightlessness each time, ”explained Curran.
Curran recently took a Zero-G flight himself and that’s what convinced him to charter the plane for a day here in Rochester.
“You will get exactly the same experience as professional astronauts when they are at the international space station… weightlessness is exactly the same,” he said.
The five-hour experience includes a combination of flight, training, experience, then photos and videos to take home.
“It’s $ 6,900 per person, but compared to the $ 28 million the seat sold for on Blue Origin’s flight with Jeff Bezos, it’s a steal,” Curran said.
But it may depend on the weight or weightlessness of your wallet.
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