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Robert A. Goehlich

Space Tourism

Economic and Technical Evaluation of Suborbital Space Flight for Tourism


Osnabrück: Der Andere Verlag, 2002
ISBN 3-936231-36-2

Pb, 123 S., 31 Abb., 17 Tab., EUR 19,90

Extensive travel by air, sea, and land for pleasure and business is commonplace in modern life. In contrast, travel in space is only available, essentially, to a small number of highly trained government astronauts, and the public's perception is that it cannot be otherwise. In fact, space tourism has already started evolving through a number of stages beginning with ground theme parks, space camps, zero gravity flights, and Soyuz flights to the International Space Station as realized by Dennis Tito and Mark Shuttleworth. Progress to suborbital trips with a brief experience of weightlessness will probably follow as a natural further development. This study focuses on those near term suborbital trips, examining suborbital vehicles that are in the development stage and matching their capabilities.

Robert A. Goehlich was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1975. He studied Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University Berlin from 1996 to 2000 and is currently a doctoral candidate. In 1999, he stayed at the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, to investigate in pollutant emission models for computer aided preliminary aircraft design. In 2000, he conducted his master's thesis on the feasibility of space tourism at the University of Washington, Seattle, USA. At the National Aerospace Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, he examined economical performance of a Reusable Launch Vehicle concept in 2001.

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