The FAA has stated that the space tourism industry will take off in late 2013 or early 2014. That’s less than 2 years away, folks.
The FAA has also stated that it expects space tourism to be a $1 billion (that’s right with a “b”) in the next 10 years. But, tourists aren’t the only ones going to space soon.
According to Reuters, “Also on the horizon are commercial flights that reach at least 62 miles above the planet, an altitude that exposes passengers to a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of Earth juxtaposed against the black sky of space.
“In addition to tourism, suborbital spaceflights are being marketed and sold to research organizations, educational institutes and businesses that want to conduct experiments and fly payloads in space.”
So, there you have it. The head of the Federal Aviation Administration saying the sky is the limit (or not the limit) for space travel. And the clock is ticking down quickly.