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Tickets On Sale In Sweden For Space Tourism, Starting In 2012

timothy posted more than 5 years ago | from the would-rather-have-a-condo-and-the-dvd dept.

Space 66

think_nix writes "The local.se is reporting that, for around 200,000 USD, tickets for eager space tourists looking for that outer space adventure will be purchasable from the Sweden's Ice Hotel in Kiruna. The flights are planned to be run by Virgin Galactic, also allowing flights to be taken from New Mexico. The article further states that already around 300 tickets have been purchased."

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DO NOT RTFA! (4, Funny)

biocute (936687) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263401)

I tried to read the friendly article but got distracted by a Swedish bird-flipping girl and some chicks running in bikinis.

You've been warned.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

useless4321 (1497401) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263445)

I don't know, what got me was "Nursing home residents taking too many drugs: report" further down the page. Nothing like mental images of 85 year olds getting stoned off their asses to brighten your day.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

Anti_Climax (447121) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263473)

I can understand the warning for the swimmer flipping the bird but the shot of girls in bikinis seems fairly benign. Even in the sexually repressed USA, that's acceptable summer attire almost anywhere public.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

CmdrSammo (1086973) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263479)

Oh no!...members of the other sex!

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263557)

There's a third one now~

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263533)

Oh great now the server's going to be slashdotted.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (2, Funny)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263563)

DO NOT RTFA!

I don't think that should be a problem for most slashdotters

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263583)

I tried to RTFA but it locked up browser. I head that those scandinavians has super efficient browser and hyper speed bandwidth, but wowsers. My computer and connection are so lame that it can't load a page. Would have been cool to see the bikini chicks. I guess I will just have to settle for page 3.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263861)

I tried to RTFA but it locked up browser. I head that those scandinavians has super efficient browser and hyper speed bandwidth, but wowsers. My computer and connection are so lame that it can't load a page. Would have been cool to see the bikini chicks. I guess I will just have to settle for page 3.

Works perfect here.

But then I am a swede with Safari 4 beta.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27265187)

That's strange. Very very strange.

I'm on Vista with IE8 and it's working wonderfully.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

sukotto (122876) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264305)

Space + Swedish bikini girls?

I consider that a win-win.

Re:DO NOT RTFA! (1)

againjj (1132651) | more than 5 years ago | (#27270135)

[...]and some chicks running in bikinis.

Now I've got to read it. I hope it's not bad karma to do so.

ook! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263407)

ook!

Luckily (5, Funny)

useless4321 (1497401) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263411)

in 2012 $200,000 will be worth about $13 at today's rate.

Re:Luckily (1)

MassiveForces (991813) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264085)

But this is exactly what I thought too! The rich know that eventually the USD will have to be devalued; this played a large part in destroying the Icelandic finance sector which expected that devaluation to occur in an immediate crash.

So now is probably the best time to buy!

Re:Luckily (1)

mysidia (191772) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264151)

Yes, but the tickets (only available in limited numbers), barring an explosion of a highly-competitive space tourism industry, will cost a lot more than $200k, if you buy them in 2012.

Result = you get a huge discount, because you buy them so long in advance!

Re:Luckily (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27264185)

I'd like to suggest the executives at a very large insurance company be made to spend their bonus money on trips to space. I'm sure the Swedish space program will take good care of these very important passengers.....(get it Sweden).... take goooood care of them.

Re:Luckily (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27270731)

(wink) Bork Bork (wink)

2012 (5, Funny)

pwnies (1034518) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263459)

C'mon guys everyone knows that a.) sweden doesn't have a space program and b.) the world is going to end in 2012 anyway. How will they be able to deliver if we're all dea...
Ohh... I see. Well played Sweden.

Re:2012 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263555)

I know you are joking, but yes we do have a space program in Sweden. We are a member of ESA and we also have SNSB.

http://www.esa.int/esaCP/index.html
http://www.snsb.se/dyn_aktuellt.asp?languageId=2

Re:2012 (4, Funny)

icepick72 (834363) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263953)

All that proves is you have space websites in Sweden. C'mon we're not THAT gullible!

Re:2012 (1)

scottrocket (1065416) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264171)

"All that proves is you have space websites in Sweden. C'mon we're not THAT gullible!"

Oh yeah?

"The multimillionaire ex-wife of a Swedish tycoon has lost a large part of her fortune to a phony clairvoyant in exchange for a bottle of "holy water" and some pigeon feathers."

Oh come on-as an AmeriSwede, I know you Swedes can do better than that! Calling Penn & Teller, you're needed overseas.

Re:2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27270927)

Sven and Teller

Re:2012 (3, Funny)

BollocksToThis (595411) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264013)

we also have SNSB

Which, if I recall correctly from my childhood, stands for SWEDEY NATIONY SPACE BORK BORK BORK.

Re:2012 (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264287)

That is so cute!

Re:2012 (1)

Quantos (1327889) | more than 5 years ago | (#27265211)

This got modded up?

We are all aware of this, at least the Canadian's are. We were taught this in school.
Apparently the people with mod points....
Well, you know...

Swedish space program since 1966 (1)

G3ckoG33k (647276) | more than 5 years ago | (#27266683)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esrange [wikipedia.org]

The launch list is pretty impressive and begins with 18 November 1966.

Re:2012 (0, Offtopic)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263691)

*laughter*

Bork bork bork!

*more laughter*

Re:2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263835)

well the world is not going to end till late december 2012 so you have most of the year to take your flight.

Rutan rides again (1)

geek2k5 (882748) | more than 5 years ago | (#27270175)

With space technology by Burt Rutan, you don't need a lot of equipment to do a simple Earth to space and back again type flight. You just lease some American technology from a British company.

$60 million (0, Troll)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263499)

$200,000 * 300 = $60,000,000

That's a lot of money for a hopeful eventual space flight at some point in the future.

And people wonder why people starve.

Re:$60 million (4, Funny)

geekoid (135745) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263551)

People starve becasue they don't eat, duh.

Re:$60 million (2, Funny)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263607)

Let them eat cake, I'm going to the moon baby!

Re:$60 million (1)

electrosoccertux (874415) | more than 5 years ago | (#27265427)

Let them eat cake, I'm going to the moon baby!

If you would send them to the moon instead they could eat cheese [allforces.com] .

Re:$60 million (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263573)

Yes, damn those people that spend $200,000 on a ticket to space and have no money left to feed their family! Wait, no, damn Virgin Galactic for offering something several hundred people are willing to pay $200,000 for... No wait...

It's not like Branson is going to pile that $60M up in NM and set it on fire.

Re:$60 million (1)

robinesque (977170) | more than 5 years ago | (#27265631)

How do you know that? Maybe you're him, and you're trying to throw us off your trail.

Re:$60 million (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263679)

That's a lot of money for a hopeful eventual space flight at some point in the future.

Not really. But hopefully, it'll be enough to get the ball rolling.

And people wonder why people starve.

I doubt it. As another replier noted, people starve because they aren't eating. That doesn't have anything to do with space tourism.

Re:$60 million (1)

Urza9814 (883915) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263707)

Uh, I think the billions the government is handing to overpaid CEOs and the trillions it's spent killing people for no reason have more of an effect on global poverty than a few millionaires buying some tickets to space. I mean, yea, 60 million is a lot, but it's _nothing_ compared to what the American government is throwing away _every month_.

Re:$60 million (1)

PhrostyMcByte (589271) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263713)

At least that money is being circulated back into the economy now.

Re:$60 million (1)

jschen (1249578) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263771)

For what it's worth, the promise of an outer space joy ride nowadays is a bit more realistic than Pan Am's promise of a future moon trip was in the 1960s, when it started taking reservations for the moon trip.

Re:$60 million (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263831)

I'm not buying a ticket until they can achieve orbit. Thanks Richard Branson, but I'm not paying to be lobbed into the outer atmosphere and spend most of my freefall time falling ... toward the ground.

Haven't you noticed the *Trillions* (1)

Colin Smith (2679) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263827)

There are not millions, not billions, but trillions going to the banks.

That's a millions * millions.

There was an estimate that it would take about 100 billion to end world hunger; Give everyone a roof, clean water.

And you're complaining about some joy riders... Are you taking the piss?
 

Re:Haven't you noticed the *Trillions* (1)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264103)

There was an estimate that it would take about 100 billion to end world hunger; Give everyone a roof, clean water.

That's assuming none of it gets intercepted by warlords. [jt.org]

Yes, and I'm selling tickets also! Even better! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263525)

Um, yeah Swedes selling space tickets.... yeah well I'm Canadian and I'm selling tickets to Superman's secret North Pole lair.
I'm also selling tickets to the moons of Jupiter with a stopover in the asteroid belt. Yeah...that's what I'm doing. Selling tickets.
Just send your money to my Post Office Box (cash will get you to the front of the queue).
$10,000 deposit.
yeah

Loney Swedish (-1, Offtopic)

bradgoodman (964302) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263609)

My Bum is on the Swedish!

Re:Loney Swedish (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263777)

My Bum is on the Swedish!

Why are you using Swedish as seats?

Re:Loney Swedish (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27263959)

his bum is all alone!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPT2JdqQYak [youtube.com]

seriously

I can blow $200,000 (1)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263911)

It's not like anyone is going to come collecting that debt after the end of the world anyway

The swedish currency (2, Informative)

Goateee (1415809) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263915)

I hope some of this space tourism benefits the swedish public, because this recension has taken its toll on the swedish currency (krona). The dollar costs about 8 swedish krona now, from about 5.5 a few months ago. Relative to the dollar, I have lost about half my fortune! $60 000 000 sure would be good for our economy, but who in their right mind would spend money on space trips in this economic climate?

Re:The swedish currency (0, Offtopic)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27263999)

but who in their right mind would spend money on space trips in this economic climate?

Well, it's like my grandpappy used to say, usually right before he pass out with drool running down his chin: "People do things other people deem stupid. Now, stop bogarting that bong, sonny-jim, I'm about to get ripped."

Re:The swedish currency (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264243)

$60 000 000 sure would be good for our economy

If you're lucky, $60,000 will stay in your economy - most of the ticket price will go to Virgin Galactic.

Re:The swedish currency (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264965)

I want a piece of that too. And I hope the swedish economy kicks in something for me too. It's kind of a pain that you guys aren't contributing to my personal stash. That really needs to change.

Re:The swedish currency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27265175)

1. Your high ("progressive") taxes on businesses and your welfare state pretty much force anyone who wants to produce anything of value pretty to leave Sweden.

When I visited Sweden I was lucky enough to meet lots of smart and productive people; a decade later, out of a dozen I kept in touch with, all are either 1) working in America/Ireland (about 9) or 2) mooching off the welfare/disability in Sweden (3, with things like caffeine hypersensitivity or back injury or ADD). I think that's indicative of some tough times for your country in the future. I don't think your life will get any better any time soon, barring something horrible happening to America.

2. I wonder if that is the reason the Europeans love Obama so much? Do you guys secretly hope that he'll fuck up America to the point where EU becomes economically viable again?

Re:The swedish currency (1)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 5 years ago | (#27265455)

1. Your high ("progressive") taxes on businesses and your welfare state pretty much force anyone who wants to produce anything of value pretty to leave Sweden.

That's a common claim from opponents of the welfare state, but one that is easily debunked. The economies of the Nordic countries actually immproved after the creation of the welfare state. Companies like Nokia might have their differences with the national government, but this is generally over matters other than taxation.

When I visited Sweden I was lucky enough to meet lots of smart and productive people; a decade later, out of a dozen I kept in touch with, all are either 1) working in America/Ireland (about 9)

Immigration from the Nordic countries is negligible now compared to the grim era before the welfare state. A hundred years ago, there was fairly low taxation and laissez faire economics, and people left by the millions to North America.

Re:The swedish currency (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27266665)

1. Your high ("progressive") taxes on businesses

Taxes on citizens are progressive but not on businesses.

and your welfare state pretty much force anyone who wants to produce anything of value pretty to leave Sweden.

Oh, really? We don't produce anything of value? If you compare multinational corporations and hi-tech to population size, Sweden (and Finland too) are ridiculously overrepresented worldwide.

When I visited Sweden I was lucky enough to meet lots of smart and productive people; a decade later, out of a dozen I kept in touch with, all are either 1) working in America/Ireland (about 9) or 2) mooching off the welfare/disability in Sweden (3, with things like caffeine hypersensitivity or back injury or ADD). I think that's indicative of some tough times for your country in the future.

Has the thought ever struck you that people might want to live abroad for a number of years of their life for other reasons than taxation? Especially since we learn early on that there's a whole wide world out there to be experienced. I've somehow gotten the impression that in the US, few people know anything about the rest of the world.

Furthermore, you should keep in mind that we get more for our taxes - such as pretty decent health care, the inaccessibility of which seemed to be a pretty big issue in your elections.

I don't think your life will get any better any time soon, barring something horrible happening to America.

Why would something horrible happening to America improve our quality of life? Especially since there's quite a lot of trade between our countries.

I wonder if that is the reason the Europeans love Obama so much?

No, we like him since we've to some extent felt sorry for many decent Americans that cannot afford health care (or maybe not even a place to live) and also because we don't like terrorism against your country any more than you do. He seems to understand that if you don't constantly tell the rest of the world to go fuck themselves, the chances of a terrorist attack are lowered because there are fewer people pissed off at you. An army is good at defending against other armies but not against terrorism - international cooperation is.

Do you guys secretly hope that he'll fuck up America to the point where EU becomes economically viable again?

As I said, I don't see how a worsening of the US economy would benefit us - in fact, it would be disadvantage since we have so much trade. The EU has been a great improvement to our economies (remember that the EU is a greater power than you when it comes to economic might) and especially the euro (but Sweden misses out on that for now) - it is pretty nice for businesses in one eurozone country to sell products to another and know that when they're paid, there won't be any currency fluctuation. A less important benefit is of course also the ability to immediately compare prices in other eurozone countries.

AIG Bonus dilemma solved! (4, Funny)

2phar (137027) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264117)

Just pay them with with one-way Virgin Galactic tickets instead of cash!

Fund raiser (1)

palmerj3 (900866) | more than 5 years ago | (#27264231)

Anyone interested in starting a fund raiser to buy Sarah Palin one of these tickets?

Can we send banking executives into space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27264353)

And if so, do we have to bring them back to earth?

Re:Can we send banking executives into space? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27264471)

What a stupid fucking comment. Of course you would have to bring them back to earth. These men are extremely smart business men that need millions of dollars to stay at the company they ruined because no one is as smart as them. So, they're obviously to smart to fall for that.

What you do is put a loophole in the contract that eliminates your obligation to provide a method of slowing descent. They'll do it because their company and government has been giving them gifts in the form of loopholes (tax breaks or the CEO compensation rule that has a loophole so big the restriction should be considered a noosehole [i.e. you'd have to stick your own neck in the loophole to even get caught by it])So they wouldn't question that.

So, they'd go to space. Come back to earth--quickly. Then BAM! A new crater based park. Economy recovers and the world celebrates in New Jerusalem with Black Jack and hookers.

On second thought, forget the Black Jack.

mod do3Wn (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27264799)

to the transmission troubles of those that the project moronic, 3ilettante come Here but now development. BSD it has to be fun (I always bring my racist? How is risk looking even

200000 US$ in 2012 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27265947)

How can they be sure that this won't be the price of e.g. a McDonals Happy Meal ?

Interestingly the captcha for this post is "billion".

I'll believe it when people fly (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27266629)

You know those 'experience' packs you can buy in shops? I saw one of them (with a picture of the space shuttle on the front no less) in WH Smith in the UK about 4-5 years ago. It was priced at £100,000 and had on the back a disclaimer saying it didn't actually garuntee you would in fact be able to fly in space.

I wouldn't be surprised if it didn't even have a valid barcode on it (who the fuck spends £100,000 in WH Smith?) - it was placed on the shelf as a gimmick.

Re:I'll believe it when people fly (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#27276559)

You know those 'experience' packs you can buy in shops? I saw one of them (with a picture of the space shuttle on the front no less) in WH Smith in the UK about 4-5 years ago. It was priced at £100,000 and had on the back a disclaimer saying it didn't actually garuntee you would in fact be able to fly in space.

The Russians have been offering space tourism services for quite some time now. Not sure what £100,000 would get you, but orbital space tourism is priced highly enough that you can't afford it unless you're the kind of rich that bankrolls major Linux distributions entirely for the lulz. I'm guessing what you had there was one of the deals where they put you in the back seat of a high-end fighter jet and point it straight up, taking you into a region that could be called spaceflight, sort of, maybe.

And none of these deals guarantee a flight in space. If you don't pass the ground training, if you don't convince them that you're physically capable of handling it and that you're not going to break anything, then you don't fly.

Re:I'll believe it when people fly (1)

damburger (981828) | more than 5 years ago | (#27277651)

Nope, it wasn't a parabolic flight or anything like that, it was a genuine option to fly above 100km at some point within five years after purchase. A total gimmick.

Worst Place to Launch? (1)

Aelix (687985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27267275)

I was under the impression that if you're launching something into space you want to be as near to the equator as possible, as you get a boost from the rotation of the earth. Why launch rockets from somewhere so far north?
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