With the political climate the way it is, a lot of people are joking about leaving the planet for the redder pastures of Mars.
Of course, no one is really planning to go to Mars, because tickets to Mars are expensive. But a new financial start up is looking to make your dream escape plan a more affordable reality.
SpaceVault is a company based on the idea of allowing “everyone who might not be able to afford $140,000 to have the chance to get to space, too,” according to founder and CEO Jason Aspiotis.
The way they plan to do this is through Space Travel Certificate of Deposits (CD). These CDs are essentially low-risk financial investments made on your behalf. Part of the interest earned on these investments is then re-invested into “commercial space ventures, companies and innovative technology that will catalyze the economic development of the frontier, the initiation of human settlements, and the maturation of commercially viable space travel.”
Of course, the CD investment isn’t an immediate return kind of deal. Investing with SpaceVault is a 40-year commitment. Ideally at the end of that time, your investment will have reached a value of $140,000, at which time they’re hoping that innovations and improvements on current technology will have brought the price of space travel down to that price point.
Colonising Mars has always been a dream of space scientists, who are making more discoveries about our red neighbour every year.
The Mars rover Curiosity captured the attention of the public when it successfully landed on Aeolis Palus in August 2012 and proved that Mars once had environmental conditionals that allowed microbial life.
Scientists have also discovered signs of water on Mars which makes the idea of eventually settling on Mars more of a reality.
We’re totally down with going to Mars one day. Space, like the great Douglas Adams said, is big. Really big. There’s still so much we don’t know about our solar system, but maybe in 40 years we’ll have discovered intelligent life in the universe, and we’ll have successfully colonised Mars.
And let’s face it, at this point, it’s probably a more realistic idea than buying a house in Sydney.