Tumlinson Hired to Promote Wallops Island for Space Tourism


Expert sees space tourists, businesses, hotels in area

Rick Tumlinson envisions humans launched into space from Wallops Island in the not-too-distant future.

Tumlinson is the man who signed up Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist, who spent over a week in orbit in 2001 and reportedly paid up to $20 million for the trip on a Russian rocket.

He sees the growth potential and open space around the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport as attractive to private enterprise.

And in Accomack County, he has been hired as a consultant to maximize the area’s possibilities related to the spaceport by marketing them.

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