As technology continues to take us to the stars, increasing opportunities abound for private entrepreneurs to market space travel to the ordinary civilian.  Well, we’ll define that word “ordinary” a bit more shortly.

Virgin Galactic is planning to offer rocket rides into space from a terminal base in New Mexico’s Jordana Del Muerto Desert.  After three days of training, you will lift off horizontally in the SpaceShip Two, which is cradled within the larger mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo.  Once WhiteKnightTwo has reached 50,000 feet, SpaceShip Two will be released to ignite its own rocket engines.  Over the next 30 seconds your craft will reach 2,500 mph.

Once free of the earth’s gravitational power, you and five cohorts (plus two pilots) are free to unfasten your seatbelts and enjoy weightlessness for a few moments.  Your total time in space will only be about four minutes.  Nevertheless, you will get to peer into the blackness of outer space unlike most humans ever have.

Now, about that definition of “ordinary.”  Virgin Galactic’s success depends on its catering to a very select demographic—the very wealthy.  The ticket price (round trip only) is $200,000.  So, “ordinary” means you are not a professional astronaut, and you’re ready to burn money faster than rocket fuel.

Do you think the company has a viable business plan?  I vote yes; almost 500 customers have already put down $65 million in deposit fees.  And hey, lots of people want to be space cowboys.

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About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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