Australia Losing Race for Space Tourism Base to Middle East

Wealthier nations bid for Branson’s Galactic
The Australian

Australia appears to have been beaten to the punch as a potential base for a space tourism industry by wealthy interests in other countries.

Virgin Galactic chairman Richard Branson was touting Australia as a site for a Galactic spaceport as recently as last year, reports the Australian. But Sir Richard said that several countries were now bidding for the spaceports as the project moves closer to reality – and Australia was not among them.

”Because spaceship programs are not cheap to develop, I think we’re going to prioritise one or two of the countries that are paying quite considerable sums of money for us to go there first,” he said.

Sir Richard said Australia could conceivably participate in the bidding, but Galactic had not asked authorities here whether they were interested.

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