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Despite the fact that many commercial human spaceflight companies have thus far been financially fueled by adventurer-billionaires like The Virgin Group’s Richard Branson (Virgin Galactic), PayPal’s Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Amazon.com’s Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin), everyone in this emerging industry agrees that the goal is economic sustainability. A company must become profitable in its own right by attracting ample numbers of passengers who have the financial means to pay the substantial ticket price for a trip to space.

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