Space Tourism Catching On?

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Via Slashdot, I see that the FAA has drawn up rules for passenger space flight, ala Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is attempting to regulate the commercial space industry in a bid to ensure minimum safety standards.

It has recommended security checks similar to those for airline passengers.

The FAA also suggests space tourism companies check the global “no-fly” list, from the US’s Homeland Security Department, to exclude potential terrorists.

Joe Monohan had some tidbits of reaction from state players on the Governor’s plans to spend buku buckos on a spaceport here in Southern New Mexico. Personally, I think it’s a great idea, if it’s funded right, and I understand some people have already plunked down $200,000 a piece to take a flight.

I wonder what Jim Kunstler would say…

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