On target for 2009
When casinos open, Branson's US$115m project will be ready
for space travel. Compiled by Seah Chiang Nee.
Oct 3, 2006
low-profile space base at Changi being operated by Richard
Branson is sailing towards its 2009 completion date, according
to a posting in Space Tech Singapore.
post by Emily added the Singapore government is currently
developing a regulatory framework for it. She said she was
surprised that it was so low-profile in Singapore.
suppose it's a work in progress, so there aren't many press
releases going out at the moment.
a story appeared last month on Slashdot about Richard Branson
unveiling more details about the launch vehicle for Virgin
Galactic. "If anyone can popularise mass participation
in sub-orbital vehicles, it will be Virgin!" said Emily.
the main article appeared on space.com so and it offered
a good review of the very broad range of activities that
will be available in the camp.
the project to Singapore's programme to reinvent its tourism
we're going to see a great synergy here between Singapore
and Dubai, where another spaceport will be cited.
Virgin Galactic will undoubtedly have the stronger global
profile, and will establish the concept in the world's imagination.
on the price point that eventually emerges once the services
actually start operating, I suspect demand will grow rapidly
and Singapore will benefit from this interest, as Asian
tourists come here for their space trips rather than go
to the American desert.
from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Space Adventures has proposed a USD$115 million spaceport
to be located in Singapore, near Singapore Changi Airport.
This spaceport will service the Space Adventures Explorer
suborbital tourist rocketplane.
also provide astronaut training facilities and a public
education and interactive visitor centre. The spaceport
is licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
(CAAS). The estimated completion date of the spaceport in
Sites in Australia, the Bahamas, Florida, Japan, Malaysia,
Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Singapore and Dubai in the
United Arab Emirates were considered.
a year-long selection process, the sites in Singapore and
Dubai were chosen. One key difference between the two proposed
spaceports is that while the Dubai spaceport will be mainly
a launchpad for sub-orbital space flights, the Singapore
spaceport will have much more facilities.
The planned attractions in the Singapore Spaceport are far
Space Flights that will blast passengers out of Earth's
atmosphere to an altitude of 100 km so they can enjoy about
five minutes of weightlessness.
An entire flight will take about 90 minutes. There will
be a four-day training programme before the flight. The
entire experience is estimated to cost US$102,000.
Flights. These flights at an estimated US$10,000 produce
the experience of weightlessness in an aircraft without
going into space.
Flights in the Aero L-39 Albatros, a high-performance jet
space camp for children
adults, a full-day astronaut experience that will include
a spin in a centrifuge to simulate a high-gravity environment,
astronaut meals and a stint in a hypobaric (low-pressure)
chamber to simulate performing repairs on damaged spacecraft
An authentic VIP astronaut training facility for the public
that will provide many of the training elements used by
These include simulated spacewalks in neutral buoyancy tanks
on the ground. Courses will be taught by actual astronauts
and other space, flight, and training experts.
Visitor Centre, where the public can enjoy flight simulators
and interactive exhibit experiences, or learn about the
history and technology of space travel.
The entire complex will be spread over 17,000 m² of
floor area on a 1.8 ha site. It is expected to generate
about US$3b in economic benefits over 10 years.
to attract more than half-a-million visitors a year from
the region within two-and-a-half years of opening.
estimated minimum cost of US$115 million will be partially
funded by the private sector, undisclosed Singapore sources,
as well Space Adventures' global spaceport development partner,
His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince
of Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates.
consortium supporting Spaceport Singapore includes Octtane
Pte, Batey Pte Ltd., Lyon Capital Inc., DP Architects, ST
Medical and KPMG Corporate Finance.
"Singapore is one of the best-connected countries
in the world. It is home to one of the world's busiest air
and sea ports. Singapore, with its superior geographical
and economic infrastructure, is primed to be the hub of
a new, revolutionary form of travel - in space."
-Eric Anderson, President and CEO of Space Adventures