Private missions beyond earth orbit

Dale Amon lays out a scenario for a private mission to Mars using a Nautilus-X type of system: Mars needs Billionaires – Samizdata.net.

Not very likely, to say the least. Mars currently seems a bridge too far but it is still interesting to consider that private spaceflight beyond earth orbit is no longer impossible. Taking advantage of systems like SpaceX Falcon 9 and Bigelow habitats, we’ve reached a point where someone like Paul Allen could mount quite an elaborate lunar mission if he so chose to do so.

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