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A sidereal investment: space tourism - Companies

A sidereal investment: space tourism – Companies

Yuri Gagarin performed the first manned spaceflight on April 12, 1961, and this feat is celebrated on the same day each year with the International Day of Human Spaceflight.

But in 60 years, a lot has changed, and what seemed like science fiction is now coming true: space is no longer just for professional astronauts. Space tourism continues to grow, but should we bet on space business?

Space within everyone’s reach

The space race today is a competition between billionaires. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, blasted off to the far reaches of space on July 11, 2021, and the company’s shares took off at the same time. On July 20, the richest man on the planet, Jeff Bezos, was able to observe the Earth from above aboard the New Shepard spacecraft built by his company Blue Origin. Bezos flew higher than Branson: New Shepard reached an altitude of about 107 km. But we must not forget the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk. Last year, its Falcon 9 rocket began ferrying astronauts to the ISS in the Dragon spacecraft. Elon himself hasn’t flown into space yet, but he’s booked a ticket on a Virgin Galactic flight. How far will these amateur astronauts go?

These company captains obviously hope to make their heavy investments profitable by making space tourism accessible to (almost) all budgets. 600 people have already paid their ticket at a high price – 250,000 dollars -, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber. Virgin Galactic expects the waiting list to grow to 1,000 people by the time flights resume. With the flight plan in place and the VSS Unity (4 passengers once a month) and VSS Imagine (6 passengers twice a month) fully loaded, Virgin Galactic could carry 16 customers per month, or 192 people per year.

The new frontier: space tourism

Hotels, airlines and tour operators have not yet unveiled their plans for space tourism, but they are working on it and will thus democratize space tourism. Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International and Delta Air Lines want to capitalize on the hype. Boeing is likely to carry a commercial crew, and aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is to go public, further shifting investors’ attention to space.

In March 2021, Rocket Lab unveiled a two-stage launch vehicle – Neutron – carrying approximately 8 tons of payload into orbit, which will be an alternative to SpaceX-Falcon 9. Orbital Assembly has announced plans to begin building the first space hotel in 2025. Orion Span made a similar announcement in April 2018 at the Space 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. Aurora Station (“Aurora Station”) would thus become the world’s first hotel in orbit. The Gateway Foundation (GATEX) will build modules (gym, restaurant, bar) for space hotels. A real source of opportunities for the long-term investor!

Aspiring astronauts are already numerous and the largest Swiss financial holding company, UBS, expects several major space tourism trips to be organized in 2022 and in the coming years.

An investment with great potential

UBS estimates the current space tourism market potential at $4 billion, up from $3 billion in 2019. Northern Sky Research (NSR), in its “Space Tourism and Travel Markets” report, claims that approximately 57,000 passengers s will soar into space by 2031. Revenue from these space tourists and orbital travel will account for the bulk of the sector’s combined total revenue of $20.3 billion. Elon Musk, meanwhile, said Starlink internet service and Falcon rocket launches will cost more due to rising inflation. The Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Special Launches will now be priced at $67 and $97 million, respectively, down from $62 and $90 million. This increase of around 8% can have a positive impact on the balance sheets and therefore on the company’s price.

The corporate profits of Bezos, Musk and Branson will grow at a cosmic rate as the industry becomes more popular. The obvious advantage of the space industry is the early stage of its development, which can generate huge profits for investors who will follow a well-considered strategy.

Space tourism is no longer a dream of billionaires or celebrities, it is now a reality with more and more projects emerging at breakneck speed. This new branch of the economy promises many job creations and the birth of an ecosystem that will accelerate its development.

Maxim Manturov, Head of Investment Advisory at Freedom Finance Europe

But in 60 years, a lot has changed, and what seemed like science fiction is now coming true: space is no longer just for professional astronauts. Space tourism continues to grow, but should we bet on space business? Space within everyone’s reach The space race is now a competition between billionaires. Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, blasted off to the far reaches of space on July 11, 2021, and the company’s shares took off at the same time. On July 20, the richest man on the planet, Jeff Bezos, was able to observe the Earth from above aboard the New Shepard spacecraft built by his company Blue Origin. Bezos flew higher than Branson: New Shepard reached an altitude of about 107 km. But we must not forget the founder of SpaceX, Elon Musk. Last year, its Falcon 9 rocket began ferrying astronauts to the ISS in the Dragon spacecraft. Elon himself hasn’t flown into space yet, but he’s booked a ticket on a Virgin Galactic flight. How far will these amateur astronauts go? These company captains obviously hope to make their heavy investments profitable by making space tourism accessible to (almost) all budgets. 600 people have already paid their ticket at a high price – 250,000 dollars -, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Justin Bieber. Virgin Galactic expects the waiting list to grow to 1,000 people by the time flights resume. With the flight plan in place and the VSS Unity (4 passengers once per month) and VSS Imagine (6 passengers twice per month) fully loaded, Virgin Galactic could carry 16 customers per month, or 192 people per year. frontier: space tourismHotels, airlines and tour operators have not yet unveiled their plans for space tourism, but they are working on it and will thus democratize space tourism. Ritz-Carlton, Marriott International and Delta Air Lines want to capitalize on the hype. Boeing is likely to carry a commercial crew, and aerospace manufacturer Rocket Lab is to go public, which will further shift investors’ attention to space. In March 2021, Rocket Lab unveiled a two-stage launch vehicle – Neutron – carrying approximately 8 tons of payload into orbit, which will be an alternative to SpaceX-Falcon 9. Orbital Assembly announced plans to begin building the first space hotel in 2025. Orion Span made a similar announcement in April 2018 during from the Space 2.0 conference in San Jose, California. Aurora Station (“Aurora Station”) would thus become the world’s first hotel in orbit. The Gateway Foundation (GATEX) will build modules (gym, restaurant, bar) for space hotels. A real source of opportunities for the long-term investor! Aspiring astronauts are already numerous and the largest Swiss financial holding company, UBS, expects several major space tourism trips to be organized in 2022 and in the coming years. years. Investment with great potentialUBS estimates the current potential of the space tourism market at $4 billion, up from $3 billion in 2019. Northern Sky Research (NSR), in its report “Space Tourism and Travel Markets”, states that an estimated 57,000 passengers will fly into space by 2031. Revenue from these space tourists and orbital travel will account for the bulk of the industry’s combined total revenue of $20.3 billion. Elon Musk, meanwhile, said Starlink internet service and Falcon rocket launches will cost more due to rising inflation. The Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy Special Launches will now be priced at $67 and $97 million, respectively, down from $62 and $90 million. This increase of around 8% can have a positive impact on balance sheets and therefore on the price of the company. The profits of the companies of Bezos, Musk and Branson will grow at a cosmic rate, as the industry becomes more popular. The obvious advantage of the space industry is the early stage of its development, which can generate huge profits for investors who will follow a well-considered strategy. Space tourism is no longer a dream of billionaires or celebrities, it is now a reality with more and more projects emerging at breakneck speed. This new branch of the economy promises many job creations and the birth of an ecosystem that will accelerate its development. Maxim Manturov, head of investment advice at Freedom Finance Europe

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