The American company "Golden Spike" has recently announced its readiness to send to the moon by 2020, two astronauts and space tourists. The cost of travel will be 1.5 billion. Company president Alan Stern, once worked as an assistant director of NASA, said that the offer is addressed primarily to governments of other countries, but they can also take advantage of lovers of extreme adventure, to whom the proposal will afford.
Stern believes that the list of potential clients of his firm could enter countries such as Indonesia, South Korea and South Africa, who want to send to space travel of its citizens, and to have the financial resources, but have no technical possibilities. The "Golden Spike" of their own ability to do so either, but for missions to the moon, it plans to use the booster rockets and space vehicles, over which are now U.S. companies are developing.
According to Stern, the start of this project requires an initial capital of $ 8.7 billion. He did not disclose the financial resources of the firm, but reporters learned about his attempts to conclude a partnership with venture funds and cause to their ideas the interest of some prominent businessmen.
Meanwhile, the president of the "Golden Spike" also acknowledged the success of the commercial initiatives require the conclusion of the preliminary "contracts are not three or four expeditions," and much more. Judging by the arguments of Stern, it is still only about general ideas to the implementation of which is still far, as to most of the moon.
Independent experts believe that the project conceived by "Golden Spike" is entirely feasible from a technical point of view, but from a financial point of view, looks unreal. For the preparation of such expeditions require a very large investment, I’m sure Scott Pace, a former assistant director of NASA, which coordinates space research is now in the capital’s George Washington University. Agrees with him and astronomer Jonathan McDowell of Harvard University. "It is unlikely that they have something happens" - he said about the new project "Golden Spike".