Space Tourism Survey

Please answer ALL questions as honestly as you can except those under Professional if you feel that you lack the credentials to make a judgment. Limit one survey to one person to not skew results please!

General Questions

1. With $400K, how much will you be willing to pay for a half hour suborbital flight?
a. Unwilling to pay for any price!
b. $25K
c. $75K
d. $200K
e. $400K
2. If you have $50M, how much will you be willing to pay for an orbital flight to the ISS for two weeks?
a. Unwilling to pay for any price!
b. $500K
c. $1M
d. $10M
e. $25M
f. $50M
3. What is the most important reason that you want to go into space?
a. Not interested in going into space
b. Pioneer
c. Look at Earth and ponder
d. Look at the stars and what's out there without an atmosphere
e. Lifelong dream!
4. What is the most important reason that you do not want to go into space?
a. Other things are more important to me in terms of money and time!
b. Too dangerous!
c. Too expensive!
d. Too limited! Just the ISS is not worth it.
e. Literally impossible due to my physical condition!
5. If there's a habitable commercial space station, will you be more interested in flying into space?
a. No
b. A little
c. Somewhat
d. Likely
e. Yes
6. If you can bring a companion with you on the journey, will you be more interested?
a. No
b. A little
c. Somewhat
d. Likely
e. Yes
7. Which of these if any will negatively affect your likelihood of going into space?
a. Privately-developed space vehicle with limited flight history
b. Strapped into seat throughout trip
c. Required intense 1-week training session
d. Too many or too little other passengers
e. None of them!
8. Which of these will you feel that you have missed out the most if you cannot do so in space?
a. View the Earth.
b. See the stars!
c. Float around and enjoy reduced gravity.
d. Spacewalk
e. Conduct research that's impossible on Earth
9. How much do you care about post-flight physical discomfort? (dizziness, etc.)
a. A lot!
b. To a high degree
c. Somewhat care
d. Hardly care
e. Don't care
10. Do you believe that space tourism can open up the way for increased public interest and funding for "more serious" space missions?
a. No, space tourism is a waste of money and time.
b. A little but not likely. Probably it'll be mostly just another status symbol for the already super wealthy or famous.
c. Somewhat.
d. Probably, there is much value in tourism in generating public interest.
e. Yes, space tourism can really excite and motivate the public to spend more money on space research and exploration.
11. How long would you want to stay in a space station for a vacation?
a. I don't want to go up there.
b. A week.
c. A month.
d. A few months to a year.
e. At least a few years. I want to live in space.
12. Assuming a space tourism company is planning trips that go beyond low Earth orbit to more exotic locations like the moon or an asteroid, will you be more interested?
a. No, I never had an interest in leaving Earth.
b. No, around Earth is good enough for me.
c. A little.
d. Probably.
e. Definitely, landing on an extraterrestrial object will be cool!
13. A commercial space tourism company will require a commercial spaceport to launch its spacecraft. Will you be inclined to have part of your tax money go into supporting the construction of a spaceport near your home?
a. Nope, I won't allow the government to waste my money for some rich people's thrill rides.
b. Not likely, there's hardly any real benefit to society as far as I can see.
c. Maybe, depends on how much it'll be.
d. Probably.
e. Sure!
14. What's the main benefit of space tourism that you can see?
a. I don't see any benefit to it.
b. Economic revitalization. A new arena of profitable investment can be created from such ventures.
c. Environmental protection. Research and development into cheaper more efficient vehicles will inevitably reduce cost of environment-monitoring satellites. Also, space-based solar power can be a potential which will be an entirely carbon free energy source.
d. Education and inspiration. There's so much out there that we don't know. Space tourism can inspire and open up new doors for the dreams of the next generation.
e. Resources. Extraterrestrial bodies like asteroids, moons, comets, and planets provides an almost infinite supply of resources. We need to start developing the spacecraft technology now so we can effectively harvest them in the future. Space tourism can provide the initial market and investment to develop these technologies.

Personal Questions

1. How old are you?
a. < 18
b. 19-27
c. 28-45
d. 46-60
e. > 61
2. What is your gender?
a. Male
b. Female
3. How often do you play some sort of sport or exercise?
a. Never
b. Once a month
c. 1-2xs/week
d. 3-4xs/week
e. Everyday
4. Which of these do you consider of comparable risk as space travel?
a. None of them! Space travel is riskier than any terrestrial activity.
b. Skydiving
c. Flying in a private aircraft
d. Skiing/snowboarding
e. None of them. Space travel isn't that risky
5. How much time do you spend vacationing annually?
a. 1 week
b. 2 weeks
c. 1 month
d. 2-6 months
e. Everyday
6. What's your background?
a. Business
b. Law
c. Science/Engineering
d. Liberal Arts
e. Other
7. What's your current job status?
a. Unemployed
b. Part-time
c. Self-employed
d. Employed
e. Student
f. Retired
8. Which of the following have you done? [Can choose more than one.]
a. Visited planetarium or space museum
b. Visited launch site
c. Attended manned spacecraft launch
d. Built a rocket
e. Went to space camp
9. Where are you from? (Place you called home the longest)
a. US
b. Canada
c. Mexico, Central America, or South America
d. Russia or a former Soviet Republic
e. China
f. India
g. Middle East or North Africa
h. Europe
i. Subsaharan Africa
j. Australia, New Zealand, or Oceania
k. Elsewhere in Asia (not India, China, Japan, or Korea)
l. Japan
m. Korea
10. What is your socioeconomic strata? (How much do you make annually?)
a. <$25K
b. $25K-$50K
c. $50K-$100K
d. $100K-$500K
e. >$500K
11. How would you classify your willingness to seek out thrills?
a. Completely opposed.
b. Somewhat opposed.
c. Neutral.
d. Somewhat so.
e. Strongly so.
12. What is your favorite genre of movie or literature?
a. Musical
b. Family
c. Comedy
d. Science fiction or fantasy
e. Drama
f. Action
13. As a child, what did you most dream of doing?
a. I didn't have a childhood dream or I don't remember.
b. Get a decent job that I like and a good family. Live comfortably.
c. Do something to get rich or famous.
d. Pursue my childhood interest to the fullest.
e. Explore new places and see new sights.
f. Some other dream (or one of the letters above):

Professional Questions (skip if you lack the knowledge)

1. Which of the following do you consider will have the largest impact in developing space commercially within the next twenty years?
a. Short tourism flights to suborbital
b. More satellites launched commercially
c. Rapid intercontinental transport via hypersonic vehicles
d. Space stations for scientific research or tourists
e. Establishing a permanent base on an extraterrestrial object
2. What is the acceptable rate of safety for space tourism, i.e. what's an acceptable mortality rate?
a. 1/25 (NASA space shuttle mortality rate)
b. 1/100 (Soyuz mortality rate)
c. 1/1000
d. 1/10000
e. 1/100000
3. Of the currently operating private space flight companies, which do you forsee being the most successful over the next 10 years?
a. Space Exploration Technologies Group (SpaceX)
b. Virgin Galactic + Scaled Composites
c. Blue Origin
d. Armadillo Aerospace
e. Bigelow Aerospace
f. Space Adventures
g. Rocketplane Kistler
h. SpaceDev + Benson
i. Xcor
j. EADS Astrium
k. PlanetSpace
l. Starchaser
m. Some other company (or one of the letters above):
4. Do you agree with the proposed shift away from the Constellation Project and into a more dependent reliance on the private industry to fulfil our manned space flight needs?
a. Strongly disagree
b. Disagree
c. Undecided
d. Agree
e. Strongly agree
5. There are 5 major obstacles to commercialized space tourism. Which one do you find to be the largest obstacle?
a. Lack of investment due to perceptions of high risk and low returns
b. Government laws and regulations
c. Inadequate public awareness or mistaken perceptions of high risk
d. Lack of collaborative coalitions. International partners should play a role but they're not. Governments should support private ventures more.
e. Unverified market. Even interested parties are reluctant to pursue it to the fullest.
6. How well would you say you are informed on the current status of the many different private space flight endeavors. (1 - Strongly Informed, 9 - Not Informed)
7. Do you feel that the private space flight community is finding success with their current marketing approaches? Have they appropriately kept the public enthusiastic? (1 - Strongly Yes, 9 - Strongly No)