Space Tourism Survey: Accidents Increasing Safety Concerns

Last week, two separate experimental consumer spaceships crashed. One caused fatalities and injuries, and both caused some concern about the safety of a potential space tourism industry. While there aren’t currently any shuttles that regularly transport paying customers outside the earth’s atmosphere, plenty of companies are working on making that a reality. So how many people are interested in space tourism? And did last week’s events impact those opinions at all?

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Space Tourism

In Ask Your Target Market’s latest survey, 23% of respondents said they would definitely have an interest in riding in a spaceship someday. 21% said they would probably be interested in riding in a spaceship. 25% said they would probably not be interested. And 32% said they would definitely not be interested.

Safety Concerns

Regarding the events of the last week, 49% of respondents said they heard about the two accidents involving consumer spaceships. And another 19% said they heard about one of those incidents.

Of those respondents, 35% said that the recent accidents have made them much more concerned about the safety issues involved with space tourism. 32% said the accidents made them somewhat more concerned about safety. 25% said they are not really more concerned about safety after hearing about the recent consumer spaceship accidents. And just 8% said they are not more concerned at all.

Future Potential

Looking forward, 12% of respondents said they definitely think space tourism will become a common practice within their lifetime. 28% think that space tourism will probably become common practice during their lifetime. 45% think it probably won’t become common practice in that time period. And 16% definitely don’t think it will.

You can view the complete survey results in the widget below and be sure to click “Open Full Report” to take advantage of all the chart and filter options.

Photo Credit: SpaceShip Two mated to the Mother ship White Knight Two from Flickr

What do you want to know? If you need some consumer insights on a particular topic, let us know in the comments below and we’ll consider it for an upcoming survey post.

Results were collected on November 5 via AYTM’s online survey panel.

Anne Pilon brings 3 years experience to AYTM as a blogger and journalist. She has a degree in journalism and marketing communications from Columbia College in Chicago and enjoys writing about business, marketing, social media, and art.