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Space Tourism Society’s +10, Turning a Family into an Industry

2 May 2011, 18:58 UTC
Space Tourism Society’s +10, Turning a Family into an Industry
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On Thursday I attended Space Tourism Society +10 event in Los Angeles, CA. Dennis Tito, Space X, Virgin Galactic, 62 Mile Club and others spoke. This was less of a Commercial Space conference for those familiar with the feel of Space Access or Space Frontier Foundation’s NewSpace Conference. Instead this was more of a Dennis Tito-focused celebration of how far space tourism has come over the last ten years and what is to come in the next ten years. What surprised me was the diverse audience at +10. I spoke with Alan Stern before the event. He commented on the high percentage of new faces in attendance. During the pre-meal reception, I spoke with:entertainment executives, real estate investors, lawyers, and Virgin Galactic customers undergoing centrifuge training. The event taking place in LA partially accounts for the diverse attendance list. But when John Spencer, event organizer, gets on the front page of the USA Today (above the fold) talking about Space Tourism, you know Times: they are a-changin. For those close to the New Space community, be ready for "the growing of the tent". For those new to Space Tourism, New Space, Commercial Space, etc. – welcome!I expect over the next ...

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