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    Golden Spike Company Announces Regular Trips to the Moon. Soon!

    I hope there are more private companies that reach for space so that exploration continues and competition can keep prices down.

    Golden Spike Company Announces Regular Trips to the Moon. Soon!

    Katherine Mangu-Ward|Dec. 6, 2012 1:39 pm
    A new commercial venture will offer regular cheap(ish) trips to the surface of the moon by the end of the decade to anyone who wants to fork over the cash. The Golden Spike Company makes its official debut today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in just a few minutes.
    From the press release:
    Former Apollo Flight Director and NASA Johnson Space Center Director, Gerry Griffin, and planetary scientist and former NASA science chief, Dr. Alan Stern, will unveil "The Golden Spike Company" – the first company planning to offer routine exploration expeditions to the surface of the Moon by the end of the decade....
    The Washington Post reports on the price of a ticket:
    Stern said a two-person lunar mission, complete with moonwalking and, perhaps best of all, a return to Earth, would cost $1.5 billion.
    “Two seats, 750 each,” Stern said. “The trick is 40 years old. We know how to do this. The difference is now we have rockets and space capsules in the inventory. . . . They’re already developed. . . . We don’t have to invent them from a clean sheet of paper. We don’t have to start over.”
    As BoingBoing has noted, the board of directors is pleasingly eclectic. Here's a sampler:

    • Max Vozoff—Business development expert and former program manager of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft development
    • Esther Dyson—Director, NewSpace investor and venture capitalist
    • Homer Hickam—Former NASA engineer, acclaimed author and screen writer, (“Rocket Boys”/“October Sky”)
    • Bill Richardson—Former U.N. Ambassador, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, former Governor of New Mexico, former U.S. presidential candidate, and commercial space advocate
    • Newt Gingrich—Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives, U.S. presidential candidate, and commercial space advocate

    The company says its goal is to be the transcontinetal railroad of space:
    The Golden Spike Company is a US-based commercial space company incorporated in 2010. It is named after the ceremonial final spike that joined the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States, on May 10, 1869, and opened up the frontier to new opportunities. Similarly, Golden Spike intends to break new ground and create an enduring link to the next frontier, providing regular and reliable expeditions to the Moon at prices that are a fraction of any lunar program ever conceived of before.
    UPDATE: Obviously, we're all very excited about this here at Reason.
    UPDATE: Here's the lunar lander concept art:






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    As long as I can select my mission specialist, I'm going.


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    Stern said a two-person lunar mission, complete with moonwalking and, perhaps best of all, a return to Earth, would cost $1.5 billion.
    “Two seats, 750 each,” Stern said.
    Folks must be already lining up for those tickets.

    Also, Olivia Munn comes across as an untrustworthy phony.

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    This is on my bucket list. Not the moon per se, but definitely a trip outside the atmosphere to get the 'bird's eye view'.

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    Tang v2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgoguy View Post
    As long as I can select my mission specialist, I'm going.

    If you have $1.5 billion to spend she might just join you.

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    From a pure business perspective I would think they should have found at least one customer for this trip before launching the venture. I don't know the numbers but Id imagine someone willing to fork over 1.5 billion dollars would need to be worth at least 10 Billion. I'm guessing that the pool of potential clients may be a couple of hundred people at most. Probably less then that. Personally I'd rather spend that money buying the Jets Franchise and fixing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefst2000 View Post
    From a pure business perspective I would think they should have found at least one customer for this trip before launching the venture. I don't know the numbers but Id imagine someone willing to fork over 1.5 billion dollars would need to be worth at least 10 Billion. I'm guessing that the pool of potential clients may be a couple of hundred people at most. Probably less then that. Personally I'd rather spend that money buying the Jets Franchise and fixing it.
    Their planned customer base is countries and companies that want to do research and/or do business on the moon. The plan isn't for $1.5 billion joy rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster View Post
    Folks must be already lining up for those tickets.

    Also, Olivia Munn comes across as an untrustworthy phony.
    PSLs sold, why not this? At least you get something in return.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trades View Post
    Their planned customer base is countries and companies that want to do research and/or do business on the moon. The plan isn't for $1.5 billion joy rides.
    New & Improved Velcro.

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