As far as the future of space travel, Garriott sees it coming from the private sector, notably John Carmack of id Software, with his company Armadillo Aerospace. â€œHis next stage is to be able to send people into space on a vertical takeoff vertical landing orbit,â€ said Garriott, who revealed that he is now helping fund Carmackâ€™s venture by funneling in money from investors who want to eventually take a space flight.
â€œI am a passionate believer that humanityâ€™s destiny is to live beyond the confines of the earth,â€ said Garriot. â€œAnd itâ€™s going to be us that do it! Itâ€™s not going to be big government groups, itâ€™s going to be people like our community.â€
An historic 12-day journey to space by legendary game developer and space explorer Richard Garriott will have its world premiere at this yearâ€™s South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin. Richard Garriott: Man on a Mission is set to blast off with two screenings at the 2010 conference. The first will be 1:30 pm on Sunday, March 14 at Austinâ€™s Paramount Theater and the second will be Thursday, March 18, at 2:30, also at the Paramount.
The Examiner has a lengthy Q&A interview with millionaut space tourist Richard Garriott. Some key excerpts:
Yes, $30 million is about right. The brash answer is I earned this money the old fashioned way, with hard work and elbow grease building successful businesses, and I can spend it how I want. But the more relevant answer goes back to the prior question: this wasn’t just an expensive lark. (more…)
Challenger Center for Space Science Education announced today that astronauts Barbara Morgan and Richard Garriott and aerospace engineer Karolyn Young were elected to its Board of Directors at its recent annual conference held at the Buehler Challenger & Science Center in Paramus, New Jersey.
Barbara Morgan, a retired NASA astronaut, is the Distinguished Educator in Residence at Boise State University, with dual appointment in the colleges of engineering and education. She flew on space shuttle mission STS-118 in 2007 as the first NASA educator astronaut. Morgan was selected as the backup candidate for the NASA Teacher in Space program in 1985, training alongside Christa McAuliffe. She earned a B.A. degree in human biology from Stanford University, and her teaching credentials from College of Notre Dame, Belmont, California.
Fly me to the moon, just don’t fire me while I’m recovering from the trip. That’s the gist of a complaint filed by Ultima creator and nascent citizen space spelunker Richard “Lord British” Garriott against his former employer, Korean games publisher NCsoft, after the two parted ways late last year.
At stake: $24 million. At issue: Whether Garriott voluntarily resigned, or was involuntarily terminated….