Space & Astronomy
What will space travel be like in 30 years ?
By T.K. Randall
September 18, 2012 · 13 comments
Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
Richard Branson has weighed in on what he believes space travel will be like over the next three decades.
The Virgin Galactic entrepreneur is no stranger to the complexities of space flight, with his own space tourism service in development Branson is in a unique position to appreciate how such technologies are likely to develop in to the future. "In the past 30 years, only 500 people have been to space," he says. "I suspect in the next 30 years there may be something like 5 million people who will have had the opportunity to become astronauts."
Not only will such technologies aid space tourism but they could also provide a quick and efficient alternative to today's airlines with trips from New York to Sydney within 2 hours. "The most radical difference will be speed," added Branson.
In the next 30 years, he says, spaceflight will be nearly as common for travelers as taking a plane trip became for millions across the world in the past 30 years.
Source: USA Today
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