Golden Spike Company announces plan for commercial lunar space expeditions

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51 Responses to “Golden Spike Company announces plan for commercial lunar space expeditions”

  1. nixiebunny says:

    Will there be any Golden Tickets, so the poor-but-deserving Charlie Buckets of the world can visit the Moon? 

    • mccrum says:

      Yes!  Bad news is that you only get to ride in the second stage to LEO and it’s going to be quite warm for a small bit.

  2. Thorzdad says:

    I suppose it’s inevitable that there will eventually be tourist travel to the moon. Before that happens, though, I really hope there’s some kind of agreement reached that these future travelers stay the hell away from the Apollo landing sites. At the very least, keep a respectable distance. Not only to keep the equipment safe from souvenir hunting, but also to preserve the footprints of the first explorers.

  3. Michael Polo says:

    Lunar commerce? Apart from a military installation, I’m not sure what commercial ventures are possible up there…. Call me jaded, but this seems more like a pocket mining expedition more than a  moon mining expedition

  4. Warren_Terra says:

    The greatest value this will create will be their list of investors. There are people – Closers, the sort who deserve coffee and are unwilling to settle for the Steak Knives – who would eagerly welcome leads like those.

  5. Robert Drop says:

    So my takeaway from this is that they’ll be offering spacecraft to governments (and others) that want to go back to the Moon.  Except that the only real reason a government would want to go to the Moon is for PR purposes, which seems to me would rather require they build their own systems.  So unless they’re going to be sending multi-billionaires on pleasure trips, I don’t see much of a market.  There’s nothing that corporations would want there – mining wouldn’t be economically feasible, even if we knew there were valuable minerals and where they were (which we don’t), and the whole He-3 thing is a joke.

  6. Bok says:

    Better put a strikethrough on that “medical” ;)

  7. Christopher says:

    I used to know a guy who claimed the U.S. government, in order to raise a little extra cash, sold shares of the Moon in the early 1980′s. He claimed to have purchased some and to have, among other things, Tycho Crater.

    I know his claim was completely bogus, but he was also the sort of person who was easily duped by such schemes, and I think he really believed the $100 or so he spent on lunar real estate was a good investment. He talked, very optimistically, about how valuable the “land” he’d purchased would be one day.

    If this was some scam I’m sure he wasn’t the only one who was taken in, and I feel kind of sad for those few individuals who really think those “deeds” they purchased are soon going to be worth something.

    • Brainspore says:

      I’ve heard variations on the same scam selling all kinds of property on the moon and beyond. Many claim that there’s a legal “loophole” in the international treaty that prevents governments from claiming extraterrestrial bodies because it doesn’t forbid individuals from doing so.

      While that’s technically true, the obvious counter-point is that there’s also no reason for anyone to take such claims seriously. A deed is only worth something to the extent that some organization (i.e. a government or a private militia) has the ability and willingness to back it up, with force if necessary.

  8. John Fleming says:

    Hmmm.  “Golden Spike”?  “Extend Your Reach”?  If the moon thing doesn’t work out, they may be able to recycle their trademarks…

  9. congress should enact a law with some kind of provision that mandates 20% of seats on these space tourism shuttles be given to poor people. Space travel should not be exclusively for the super rich

  10. Jorge Santos says:

    Should have named the company “The Gun Club”, such a missed opportunity.

  11. super says:

    On the moon there is no Law

  12. Mike Robinson says:

    Good god that is a shit logo. I’m not sure if they’re a space agency or a chain of low budget hotels. 

  13. Cowicide says:

    I’m not sure I’d want to put my life into the hands of any company that comes up with such a lackluster logo. Also, Newt.

  14. Zippy says:

    HAH! I’ve just purchased the first Johnny Rockets franchise for the moon…right next to the Sea of Tranquility. Perfect view I tells ya! :-)p

    • jimh says:

      *Rodney Dangerfield impression*
      “Right next to the Sea of Tranquility…On the GOOD side! Moons, golf courses, and cemeteries- biggest wastes of prime real estate!”

  15. JeffreyMartin360Cities says:

    Golden Spike?!

    Gives me a wonderful feeling. Better than their competitors, “Blunt Instrument”, “Impaled on Ivory” and “Shredded into 100 pieces by the Gravity Web”

  16. Art says:

    “….and the set designer for the movie Star Trek”. Well that puts my mind at ease about the safety of the whole project :)

  17. Art says:

    Is the company affiliated with “Golden Chicken”- the all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant in Patchogue, NY ?
    Additionally, there are train tracks in the logo. Can we catch the flight form Penn Station?

  18. 2004 – Nine years ago the first and ONLY private manned space missions were launched. They were both sub-orbital. There has not been a private manned launch since …sub-orbital OR orbital. PUT THE USA BACK IN SPACE TODAY!  go to: http://www.spaceoperationsinc.com

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