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Posted by: Ekkehard Augustin - Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:13 am
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Post ESA is thinking about assisting space tourism   Posted on: Thu Jul 06, 2006 10:13 am
An entry of LiveScienceBlogs of today says that
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The European
Space Agency (ESA) is launching in the coming weeks a study aimed at European space tourism initiatives.
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That entry also tells that
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...ESA officials are also open to orbital concept proposals.

The survey work could lead to ESA awarding up to three contracts to flesh out space tourism concepts and associated business cases.
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So while space tourism companies in the US have to struggle a bit Europe seems to be open to it.



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Here is an ESA-document about it: "Survey of European Privately-Funded Vehicles for Commercial Human Space Flight" www.esa.int/SPECIALS/GSP/SEMR2Q8ATME_0.html

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Post Re: ESA is thinking about assisting space tourism   Posted on: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:35 pm
Ekkehard Augustin wrote:
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The European
Space Agency (ESA) is launching in the coming weeks a study aimed at European space tourism initiatives.
So typical of government space. They are not building a tourist vehicle, or planning to build one, or even studying one. They are planning to start a study in the future. :roll:


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:45 pm
I consciously added the EDIT: The study is going to be started in the future of 2006/7 - this month.

The study is going to be started in the extremely near-by future of this month - July 2006 and it will last 9 months.



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Post    Posted on: Wed Sep 20, 2006 12:06 pm
The study isn't ready already not only but led also to concrete results according to the article "ESA to Sponsor Space Tourism Work" ( www.space.com/news/060919_esa_tourism.html ) - and it looks as if ESA is handling the topic more reasonable than NASA.

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After it has looked over proposals received, ESA could award up to three contracts to three European firms to further refine their prospective space tourism plans. Closing date for proposal submission is September 22, Virginie Schmit, an ESA Contracts Officer, advised SPACE.com.


The hope is that this recent call for proposals has triggered private companies keen on public space travel to contact ESA with their plans, said David Vivanco, a technical assistant working on the initiative within the Directorate of Launchers’ Future Programs and Strategy Office at ESA Headquarters in Paris, France.


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The awarding of several contracts allows ESA to survey European companies involved in space tourism—from vehicle design to building the business case.


Selected companies will perform a mission definition study based on a credible design for a crew space vehicle, and a business case and financial plan whose objective is to evaluate the economic feasibility of the commercial venture.


Each selected company will receive 150,000 Euros (roughly $190,000) to develop their plans further. A team of experts from ESA’s Launchers Directorate, who are involved in the development of the technologies for the next generation launcher, will manage the studies, sharing their own expertise with the companies


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A major motivation for the ESA space tourism study is to identify potential synergies in terms of technologies between the space tourism vehicle development industry and ESA’s technology programs, Vivanco said.



[quote]“In some ways, Europe is way ahead of the United States in space tourism potential,â€


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Post    Posted on: Sun Jan 14, 2007 8:44 am
It now has become obvious that ESA is real regarding its intention to assit space tourism. The agency has done a very real step now according to the article "Starchaser Industries win European Space Agency contract (January 2007)" ( www.spacefellowship.com/News/?p=1757 ) that was published on the news page of this board.

And they selected that company that is closest to a private launch of the four european private space vehicle companies/teams which is Starchaser.

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This €150,000 contract is part of ESA’s Survey of European Privately-Funded Vehicles for Commercial Human Space Flight, which was designed to identify European space tourism ventures, evaluate their feasibility, and assess their associated technologies
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Since this is a study to verify feasability and Starchaser's business plan ESA seems to start at the correct point, to apply caution and significant attention and to act as a moderator merely than as a dirigistic governmental bureacracy.

I hopw they next will also look to ARCA.



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Post    Posted on: Sun Jan 14, 2007 3:01 pm
Ekkehard Augustin wrote:
I hopw they next will also look to ARCA.


One of the current limitations is that Romania isn't a member state of ESA.

Romania and ESA:
http://www.esa.int/home-ind/ESA-Article ... 87221.html

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jan 19, 2007 7:45 pm
I could build a space elevator from a tower of all these studies.

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Post    Posted on: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:44 am
The newsticker of the online-version of the german journal Wirtschaftswoche ( www.wiwo.se ) is reporting early this morning that EADS plans to offer tourist-flights to space soon. The department Astrium is said to inform the public this month at the french aeronautics exhibition (German "Messe" in this case - I can't remember the correct translation this moment ).

The price is $ 200,000 according to the article.

And the article mentions the space tourism market to be very young and Virgin Galactic.

The term "Tourist" is applied explicitly.



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EDIT: In between the newsticker under www.welt.de was reporting the news as well. The article is qouting the french "la Tribune" which is newspaper focussed on news of financial nature. The article is quoting La Tribune indirectly - La Tribune seems to have called the idea a german one: May there be a link to the DLR-issue that Europe or ESA should develop its own vehicle instead of relying on the Russians or on NASA?


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:09 am
It now has been confirmed explicitly and unveiled also - Astrium IS working on a european suborbital vehicle for "tourists"/ personal space-flyers according to the article "Europe Unveils Space Plane for Tourist Market" ( www.space.com/businesstechnology/Astriu ... 61307.html ).

Since Astrium is part of EADS the first giant space company is about to enter the personal spaceflight market which might warp competition.

But there are no hints to ESA's study regarding this news - in so far the news should be discussed in another section...



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Post    Posted on: Sat Jun 23, 2007 7:07 pm
Astrium ranks No 1 just announcing their plans.


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Post    Posted on: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:00 pm
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