Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Travelling to Space from the island of Curaçao
As of January 1, 2014 the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao will be the home of the Caribbean Space Port called Space Experience Curaçao (SXC).
According to the website and the latest information, Space Experience Curaçao (SXC) envisions realizing a Commercial Space Line and Space Port on Curaçao International Airport. SXC will serve both the commercial needs of everyone who wants to travel into space, as well as the needs for scientific research and space training. Bringing small satellites into orbit in a flexible way will follow soon while in the somewhat longer term very fast orbital travel to distant parts of our world is within reach.
On July 23 a Letter of Intent between Curaçao Airport Holding N.V. and Space Experience Curaçao B.V. has been signed.
See Virgin Galactic
According to the website, the spaceport location at Curacao offers all the options of a complete luxurious holiday package including a suborbital spaceflight for initially the high-end market (HNWIs). The combination of spaceflight, luxury beach hotels, resorts and activities in a tropical climate is seen as the ideal new holiday for the relatively wealthy people of the world.
Interesting development. But what will happened to the real estate prises? They are already sky high at the moment. Most students who return to Curacao to starts their professional careers can only afford houses at the rural part of the Island.
And I hope that Space Experience Curaçao will not only invest in the Space Port, but will also set up and sponsor science education programs for the local schools and schools in the region.
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