Want to fly to the moon? Be prepared to dish out...A mind-blowing US$150 million.
At least that’s the price for a ticket according to Excalibur Almaz, mastermind behind the 500,000-mile expedition.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the UK-based space research company "hopes to make trips to the moon if not commonplace, then certainly more routine".
Its carrier of choice? Six modernized Soviet-era space vehicles that have been completely gutted and replaced with modern avionics. Of the six, four are re-useable re-entry vehicles while two are Salyut-class 29-ton space stations. Each boasts a capacity of 95 cubic meters.
And the target audience? CEO Art Dula has this to offer "The people are not tourists. This is much more about private expedition members — conducting expeditions that will go further into space than anyone has before," he insisted.
“It’s exactly in the same vein as the historic exploration that was done by Europe and the British Isles over the last several centuries that resulted in so much growth,” he furthered.
Besides the astonishing cost, each participant will have to undergo six months of training upon recruitment. In an attempt to justify the cost, Dula spoke of space as a "resource frontier".
"The resources in space are thousands of times more vast than those on earth," he said, using Apohis, an asteroid believed to have substantial nickel ore deposits as an example.
“Our spacecraft has the ability to get to this asteroid. That one asteroid has more nickel than has been used by the human race since the beginning of civilization,” he said. Nickel currently sells for about US$ 19,000 a ton.
Interested in the 150-million eye-opening experience? Head over to Excalibur Almaz.