Do space tourists really understand the risk they're taking?
Who makes sure space tourists get back safe? Space tourism industry representatives argue that stringent safety oversight would hamper the companies' ability to innovate.
Space tourism vehicles just might be the only transportation technology out there with the potential to kill humans that doesn't need to undergo independent safety certification. For now, aspiring space travelers seem okay with that, but is the fledgling industry playing a dangerous game?
Systems Director, Center for Space Policy and Strategy
Dr. Josef S. Koller is a systems director for the Center for Space Policy and Strategy at The Aerospace Corporation.