[2005.09.14] I wore my NASA t-shirt and at the start of a MAT102 class a student asked about the t-shirt. This is exactly why I wear the t-shirt, yet I paused with a response and then said I wore it because it was the only clean t-shirt I had. That was a lie and I lost an opportunity to help us learn about the future of space travel and exploration.
On 15 September 2005, LiftPort Group said "liftoff" occurs in
4591 dayson 12 April 2018. The LiftPort homepage states:"The LiftPort Group (LPG) is dedicated to building a mass transportation system to open up access to the inner solar system (LEO, GEO, the Moon, Mars, and asteroids). We expect the Space Elevator will be at the heart of this revolutionary transportation service. By opening up broad-based access to Earth orbits and the inner solar system, LPG will help bring about the creation of entire new markets. Based in space commerce, these new markets can only become viable through safe, inexpensive, routine access to the inner solar system. In short, we at LiftPort Group believe that development of the space elevator is a crucial step in the future of Earth and space."
Why April 12th? From the LiftPort website we learn that on "12 April 1961, aboard the spacecraft Vostok 1, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to travel into space."
Un-related to LiftPort, I was reading "Building the Future: A Status Report" that was inserted in the August 2005 issue of Business 2.0 magazine. They listed numerous technologies and one of them was "civilian space travel." They claim that Mojave, California, airport may be used to by "space tourists departing for orbit." They predicted that the cilivian space travel will be a $1 billion global market by year 2020.
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 15 September 2005