Project Description

Two different kinds of suborbital flights are in the making and are bound to start suborbital flights in the next two years – Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and XCOR’s Mark II. In this comparative study assets and disadvantages of both suborbital spacecrafts are listed, the possible payload dimensions for each kind of flight as well as their cost. Further on an examination of the possible experiments that may be conducted on board of the spacecrafts is made, and its feasibility commented upon from a legal and ethical standpoint. Finally, a poll of space enthusiasts who would be interested in suborbital flights was made in order to produce recommendations and conclusions upon the possible interest the pharmaceutical industry may have in investing into suborbital flights.