"Space Tourism" - Closer, but still no cigar
I know it's sheer pedantry, but I can't help it! (See this rant in 2006 and this in 2008)
It's partly come about through Richard Branson's involvement and the fact that he has an airline (and a rail company). The Virgin brand doesn't send travel journalists press releases about their Virgin Money banking activities or Virgin Active gyms, but does send them news of their Virgin Galactic space activities - go figure!
I did relent a little in 2010 when I realised that with a little further development, Branson's space ships could take-off from one space port and land at another, which would instantly turn Virgin Galactic into a transport company. If/when they announce that prospect, that would bring it firmly into the orbit (sic) of travel journalists.
And I may have to relent at little at this week's news of The Golden Spike Company, the commercial space start-up who is proposing to take paying clients to the moon using off-the-shelf space vehicles & components.
They seemingly address one of my key points back in 2006...
"When Virgin Galactic start taking people for a fortnight on the Moon or Mars, that'll be 'Space Tourism'."
Well, Golden Spike are proposing to do just that. Maybe not for a fortnight - more like 24-48 hours - but their guests will travel somewhere, get out and explore a bit, and then return home.
Technically that hits my semantic golden spike right on the head!
But am I going to write it up as a travel story? Sorry, no. I'll still leave it to the aerospace journalists.