Private Space Vehicles Begin to Fly, Including the SpaceShipTwo, but 2014 Crash May Slow Development, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

SpaceX hopes to send two tourists around the moon and back in the relatively near future; but bold visions for the future are standard for SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who also founded Tesla Motors.  In September 2018, Japanese e-commerce entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa announced that he will be SpaceX’s first space tourist.  The flight around the moon is planned as early as 2023, and Maezawa, well known as a booster of the arts, hopes to take six to eight artists along with him. Meanwhile, Boeing’s CST-100 “Starliner” is intended to fly astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).  The CST-100 capsule…

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