|Tuesday / 2 May 2006|
SpaceShot Wants to Make Space 'Too Popular,' Offers Monthly Updates. SpaceShot, Inc. Founder Sam Dinkin wants to open space to the point where popular takes on a negative connotation, he writes yesterday in what is the first of a monthly series of updates to appear on The Space Review. SpaceShot offers the chance for anyone to win a ride aboard a Rocketplane XP suborbital spaceship by playing an online game off its website. If everything works according to plan, winners will take the space ride, potentially worth US$200K, for the nominal fee of entering the contest -- $3.50. Dinkin's goal is to open space to everyone, regardless of income or social class. Dinkin writes that he felt compelled to give SpaceShot a Latin motto, eventually settling on "Astrae Popularetis" -- "You shall see the stars belong to the people." Dinkin notes that "populare" can mean devastation and ruin, but decided to use it anyway because the negative connotation for the English word (for example, "This restaurant is too popular") fits right in with his goals for space. Dinkin wants space to be "too popular." Dinkin notes how SpaceShot's main competitor, VirginGalacticQuest.com, will likely receive less press when SpaceShot partner Rocketplane becomes the first suborbital spaceflight provider, not Virgin Galactic.