STOCKTON (CBS13) – Stockton native and NASA astronaut Jose Hernandez is all in for the brand new period in area flight.
After Virgin Galactic’s profitable first voyage to the sting of area Sunday, Hernandez spoke to CBS13 in regards to the “new regular” in area journey.
It’s a new type of area race. Hernandez watched Richard Branson’s profitable journey to the sting of area.
“The benefit of it’s we now have three good viable corporations which might be going to offer us entry to area,” he stated.
Moreover Branson, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are additionally planning journeys with their area corporations – Bezos later this month. Hernandez says if supplied a seat, his reply can be straightforward.
“In a heartbeat, in a heartbeat, I might love to return up,” he stated.
Hernandez went to the Worldwide House Station in 2009 and says this new alternative in area journey means extra folks may have a chance to see the world on this new method — a profound expertise that would even forestall conflicts.
“From this angle, we’re only one, I want our leaders, now that area tourism is coming on-line, it ought to be a requirement that any world chief that comes into energy takes an area flight and see our world from that perspective,” he stated.
Hernandez says moreover area tourism, Virgin Galactic’s success might additionally result in a lot quicker journey on Earth.
“When you can think about leaving New York and going to Singapore in an hour versus a 14-hour aircraft experience,” he stated.
House flight for civilians is now not a imaginative and prescient for the longer term. It’s accessible now.
Hernandez identified fewer than 600 folks have ever skilled area flight up till now. That quantity might rise dramatically within the coming years.