Just a thought..
Think about this for a minute before coming to a answer.
Do we really want (rich) humans galavanting in space? Shouldn't someone more worthy of space travel be on this flight instead of a corporate shmuck?
For a start, Beardy Branson is paying for the whole thing. The craft, the launch, the crew, the fuel, and every other thing. It is a project that he
owns. Without him, the damned thing would not be lifting off in the first place, so yes, he ought to get a seat if he damned well wants one.
What are the motives of rich people going into space, to explore and better understand the universe for the betterment of all man kind? (Ya right) It
is all about PROFIT!
I find your generalisation appalling. Mr Branson has done a great many things in his life, purely because he retains a childlike fascination with the
world and its place in the universe, not to mention a healthy appreciation of adventure, which is why he took repeated balloon journeys around the
world, and is planning to have a submersible built which can withstand the lowest depth of the ocean, so that he can lead an exploration of the
deepest and least explored region of the earths surface. He does a great many things simply because he enjoys doing them.
Personally I hope this "Virgin" spacecraft loses it's anal virginity and the whole family gets taken aboard a alien spaceship who show them a thing
or two about a thing or two....
Corporate crap is all this is. Remember that. It is not for the good of humans as a whole I promise you that. No good can come of this.
Actually, it would be hard to see how you could be more mistaken. Think about this rationally for a second, rather than just mindlessly diving on the
hate wagon. The people who have the resources to put civilian infrastructure in place, to build spaceports, to start commercial extra-atmospheric
carrier companies, are the fantastically super rich. If they have the awe inspiring experience, of being aloft above our world and are struck with the
possibilities which exploration presents to themselves, then even if they decide that they want to be out there, mining asteroids, comets, planetoids,
moons, and anything they can probe with a diamond tipped drill, this will still further the aims of the explorer.
This is because as the reach of the prospectors increases, so will the chain which links them back to their origins. There will have to be space
stations, a massive clean up effort to remove man made debris from around our planet, to make repeated commercial launches safe enough for paying
passengers, as opposed to the heroic pioneers who volunteered to be sat atop a bomb, and thrown through a shooting gallery. There will have to be way
stations, providing prospector craft with bases to work from, places to be re-supplied from when on extended stays, the reach of mankind will
For a start, the abundance of raw materials, like hydrocarbons and minerals that would become available would see a massive change in the way goods
and services are provided here on planet Earth. Some operations, could be taken off planet entirely, and resources could be shipped down from orbit,
rather than dug up from beneath the oceans ,which as we know has placed a great deal of sea life, and indeed the life of our species in danger before
now, and will likely do so again.
The new abundance of raw material will see curiosity grow about what exactly is outside our solar system that might make a rich guy more
fantastically rich, and it will spawn research and development anew, into futuristic concepts like FTL, plasma sheilding, intertial dampening, and all
the technologies required for prolonged exploration of deep space. There is NO reason that Mr Branson should not be allowed to go to space in his
little rocket ship, because this is the first step of a proper, non government funded, civilian figure into space, and I for one am right behind this
effort. Not because I think the super rich deserve it (although Mr Branson is an innovator, and personally I think hes a stand up guy), but because
this will lead, by one road or another, to man colonising space, which is in my opinion, vital for the survival of our species beyond the life of our
solar system, and indeed beyond the ability of the confines of our planet, to contain us.
This is the future in the making, and your nay saying is really quite a buzzkill.