Space Exploration

Tourists in Space

A Practical Guide

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

  • Provides an essential, comprehensive understanding of the space tourism industry
  • Gives insight and awareness of the various facets of the new space age
  • Describes the mission architectures and enabling technologies of the primary Suborbital and Orbital companies
  • Explains the medical requirements for Suborbital and Orbital spaceflight participants
  • Assesses in detail the future of space tourism based on current technologies, such as the Moon and Mars missions
  • Provides for the first time essential training material for private spaceflight participants
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About this book

Recent surveys have provided new and updated information into public insights of the nascent space tourism industry. Erik Seedhouse uniquely explores in detail the cutting-edge technologies, spacecraft capabilities, launch vehicles and the training that will define this commercial enterprise and also provides a manual for future suborbital and orbital private space explorers. This overview of the space tourism market is based upon choices the spaceflight participant must make, such as choice of agency, mode and spaceport. A detailed explanation is given of the medical requirements for spaceflight participants, with special reference to potential waiver criteria. Over half of the book is a comprehensive astronaut training/instructional manual that addresses each of the 15 subjects required for suborbital and orbital flight.

About the authors

Dr. Erik Seedhouse is eminently qualified to write this informative handbook for all potential spaceflight participants.  He was an Astronaut Training Consultant and wrote the Spaceflight Participants Flight Surgeon’s Manual for Bigelow Aerospace in 2005. He also developed astronaut training protocols for future spaceflight participants and wrote and edited several chapters of Bigelow Aerospace’s Astronaut Training Manual. He has written many technical and scientific articles as well as articles for Spaceflight magazine. Erik Seedhouse is a research scientist specializing in environmental life sciences and physiology, for which he obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"Tourists in Space is a unique book, and its subtitle ‘A Practical Guide’ hints at what is inside. … If you are interested in the physiological side of spaceflight then this book is for you … ." (Nick Quinn, Astronomy Now, August, 2008)

"Tourists in Space: A Practical Guide … look at suborbital and orbital space tourism, particularly for those people considering signing up for a ride into space. … the book goes into considerable detail about what sort of training prospective spaceflight participants (to use the official FAA terminology, as Seedhouse does in the book) should undergo, and why. … a good investment to see what they’re getting into." (Jeff Foust, National Space Society, July, 2008)

"Seedhouse’s book is an enthusiastic foray into the ‘adventurpreneurial’ world of space tourism. … The book begins with an exciting account of the flight of SpaceshipOne, the X Prize-winning 2004 flight … . Topics include current space tourism companies, which types of space planes or rockets are likely to be safest, the variety of training regimens that may be required, and what to expect during suborbital and orbital flights. … It is a good read for armchair astronauts, too. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers/libraries." (T. D. Oswalt, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (11), August, 2008)

"This book sets out to give readers an account of the range of possibilities likely to become available in the next few years – and what they would be letting themselves in for. … The author writes with a good balance of enthusiasm and caution. … Altogether, he has provided a useful tourist guide … for potential and armchair travellers." (Peredur Williams, The Observatory, Vol. 128 (1206), October, 2008)


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Pages 1-12

  • Strapping rockets to dreams: The significance of SpaceShipOne

    Pages 13-19

  • Suborbital company profiles, technology drivers, and mission architecture

    Pages 21-45

  • Medical and training requirements for suborbital flight

    Pages 47-79

  • Orbital flight: The orbital experience, company profiles, mission architectures, and enabling technologies

    Pages 81-107

Buy this book

eBook $24.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-0-387-74644-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $34.95
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-0-387-74643-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tourists in Space
Book Subtitle
A Practical Guide
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
eBook ISBN
978-0-387-74644-9
DOI
10.1007/978-0-387-74644-9
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-74643-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 314
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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