New Holiday Destination - The Moon
Isle of Man based company, Excalibur Almaz has announced that they will be able to take tourists to the moon no later than 2015. The cost of space travel is £100 million for a six - eight month voyage touring space around our planet Earth. (Deep pocketed customers will also need to commit to six months of space training in California).
The founders purchased a second hand Soviet spacecraft which they claim have given them an edge over their US based competitors, SpaceX. They believe that using a proven vessel rather than tinkering with new technology will allow them to take passengers deeper into space.
Space enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that not only an earth orbit, but a trip to the moon is possible, though it remains to be seen whether this appropriation of government technology for consumer leisure will be a success. Valery Tokarev, a Russian cosmonaut who advises the company warns, “If you make a mistake in space, it will kill you.”
“It is like how private British companies led expeditions to the South Pacific in the 17th century. We’ve just gone from seafaring to spacefaring.” - Art Dula, founder of Excalibur Almaz.
Financial Times: “Fly me to the Moon - for £100 m”
Daily Mail: “The final frontier in holiday destinations: British company prepares tourist trips to the moon (it’s a 500,000 mile round-trip and will cost you £ 100 million)”
Gizmodo: “Britain’s bringing back those halcyon space days, with men to the moon and beyond”