Ten BILLION Dollars

To be said with a Dr. Evil flair

That’s what it looks like is at stake with the Virgin Galactic endeavor that’s building five ships in the Mojave desert to take people into space, beginning in 2008. 50,000 people have put their names down for the $200,000 tickets. Do the math.

Well, that’s more than a bit above my own current price point. But as my price point increases (which I’d peg at about $20,000 right this minute) with increasing net worth, the price should also come down. So, perhaps there is hope that we’ll happily meet at some mutually agreeable point in the not-too-distant future.

Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2021, contains 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More


  1. Alex on February 9, 2006 at 14:13

    Do you know anyone looking for a kidney? I have an extra one, and I would donate it in exchange for the chance to go for a space ride.

  2. fruey (Let's Have It!) on February 12, 2006 at 05:09

    I'm up for going to space, and I think the price will drop considerably. Maybe as a retirement present to myself in like… 35 years time!

    Incidentally in 35 years how much (in real terms) did jet air tickets from London to New York drop? Does that bring $200,000 down to a reasonable level?


  3. Kyle Bennett on February 12, 2006 at 14:38


    You're forgetting one thing, that progress in all fields is accelerating.

    You may not have to wait till you retire. Before then, you may sart getting sent up there for meetings.

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