John Carmack Helps Make Space Travel More Affordable
I would really like to go into space. I don’t just like the idea of going into space; I like like it. In fact, I would go as far as to say I will regret everything I did in life if I never get to go into outer space. A really great bonus would be to stand on another planet.
John Carmack is giving me hope. The man who co-founded id Software just so happens to have also founded another, very different company, called Armadillo Aerospace. And Armadillo makes rocket ships. Yes, I said rocket ships. Armadillo recently made a deal with a company called Space Adventures to, well, send tourists to space on rocket ships engineered by the creator of Doom.
Space Adventures is known for charging $35 million to send people to the International Space Station, but they won’t be charging nearly that much for trips on the Armadillo rocket ship. For a mere $102,000 you can be strapped into a John Carmack rocket ship and fly into space. Passengers will only stay in space for five minutes, but, really, who cares? It’s f**king space, man.
You might be wondering why a $102,000 ticket to space gives me hope of being able to go to space. Well, it’s not that I can afford that amount, obviously. But this is a humongous price cut from the $200,000 Virgin Galactic will charge for a ride on their spaceplane. The price is coming down, people, and if I stop drinking and start saving up my booze money, my day in space will be sooner rather than later.
If you don’t understand the appeal of going into space, well, try this on: Going to space is one of those things most people sort of knew they would NEVER be able to do. It was something that a couple people I would never meet would get to do, but the thought that I could do it was never even a “when I grow up” kind of fantasy. This is why so many games and movies and books take place in space; because we just knew these things would never come true for us.
So now that me going to space is actually something that might be within my grasp in a few years, I can’t help but anticipate the day when I will be able to take advantage of the opportunity. Rocket ships!