Following news that Google is to share a home with NASA, Google co-founder Sergey Brin has paid £2.5m to pre-book a commercial flight into space through Space Adventures, the US space tourism company. The payment ensures that Brin has first option on a seat in the first planed trip in 2011, a trip brokered between Space Adventures and the Russian space agency.
The commercial space flight will be the first of its kind, although Space Adventures has sent private tourists to the International Space Station (ISS) but only by buying individual seats on Russian missions.
A specially designed Soyuz aircraft will fly two tourists to the space station, at a potential cost of $35m. It has been pointed out that the flight and the “holiday” won’t, in any way, interfere with the running of the ISS or any planned missions.
As well as Google’s new home, bunking up with NASA, they have also become sponsors of a prize that is designed to help find new ways to initiate cheaper space flight and missions to the moon. Clearly, taking over the world just isn’t enough anymore and they intend to spread their wings.
Brin described himself as being a “big believer in the exploration and commercial development of the space frontier” and he is looking forward to the possibility of being one of the first commercial space travellers.