Not only has the federal government been subsidizing private companies like SpaceX to learn to do what NASA was already doing, but now an American company with plans to begin lunar expeditions as early as 2015 has moved its facilities to the Isle of Man in the United Kingdom because of the isle’s support for aerospace companies and low business taxes.
Representatives of the company, Excalibur Almaz, say it will be able to take paying customers on a six- to eight-month deep space expedition for 100 million pounds.
Using existing Russian technology, the company plans to cram three astronauts into a capsule that will launch from Earth and link up with a space station. From there, another vehicle will take the travelers to the moon. (more…)