Private Human Access to Space Volume 1 Suborbital Flights

Private Human Access to Space Volume 1 Suborbital Flights

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Published in 2014, 98 pages. The main points are mapped in a SWOT analysis, which identifies the various Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats of this new business. As a result of this analysis, a number of recommendations are made.

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Private Human Access to Space Volume 1: Suborbital Flights, published in 2014, 98 pages. Public access to space has been mentioned since many decennia by visionary authors like Tsiolkovski. Initial thoughts were clearly geared towards longer duration orbital stays in so-called space hotels. More recently, as a first step, the potential of private suborbital flights have raised more interest. Some of the technical challenges are still considerable, but very important challenges such as re-entry into the atmosphere are less demanding for flight levels just over 100Km. Starting with the X-Prize competition, which demonstrated the feasibility of this type of project with the first flights in 2004, a number of the competitors are now working on dedicated vehicles. Early bookings and the high indication of interest prove that a considerable market segment of the population is interested in such an experience and quite highly motivated, even though at this stage when an operational solution is not yet available. Suborbital flights in the frame of ‘adventure tourism’ therefore no doubt have a potential market. Legal and regulatory issues are an additional concern. There are therefore a lot of strong points to be mentioned in favor of suborbital spaceflight, but there are also a number of threats and risks. Therefore, the main points are mapped in a SWOT analysis, which identifies the various Strengths, Weakness, Opportunities and Threats of this new business. As a result of this analysis, a number of recommendations are made.

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