Skip to comments.Golden Spike Aims To Take The World To The Moon - For $750M Per Ticket
Posted on 12/07/2012 12:07:17 PM PST by BenLurkin
Its been 40 years since a human being last set foot on the Moon, and the Golden Spike Company wants to go back routinely. The space startup announced their plans at a press conference today. Their plans were unveiled by its Chairman of the Board, Gerry Griffin, and its President and CEO, Dr. Alan Stern
Were a startup and weve been at this for two years, he said. But we dont have anything built yet but an interesting business plan.
Stern emphasized to me that they are at a very early stage in their plans. But those plans, he feels, are different than other commercial space ventures.
Instead of saying, what would we design with a clean sheet of paper?, we asked, whats existing today that could work? We came up with a maximally built plan based on stuff thats already built and operating. Its only when something doesnt exist that we plan to build from scratch.
The main thing they have to build is a lander, suits and equipment for the Moon, which theyll be working with on a team consisting of, among others, Armadillo Aerospace, the United Launch Alliance, and other aerospace companies. But most of the other technology is already available.
This maximally pragmatic strategy, said Stern, is the direct result of one concept: take a look at what youve already got.
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Perfect for Michael Moore.
But he would have to buy TWO tickets.
Being the second country to have one of its citizens set foot on the Moon (after the U.S.) would be extremely valuable in terms of publicity and prestige alone.
Being the 14th country to do so, not so much.
In 20 years going to the moon will be a ride at 6 flags.
They’ll only do it once a summer and 10 passengers will go.
Go up, land on the moon, take photo and fly home.
Accounting for inflation, that is a lot cheaper than what it cost in 1969. Each Command module cost $220 million in 1969 dollars and each Lunar Module cost $170 million. This gives a total cost of $390 million. Each Apollo Mission brought two men to the Lunar surface at a cost of $195 million in 1969 dollars or $1179.62 in today’s currency. $750 million is a real bargain.
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