Friday, June 22, 2007

New Player in the Game: European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company- Astrium

Inside of space jet cabin. Source: EADS.net
It seems that Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are going to have some serious direct competition in the near future. The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, or EADS for short, has recently announced its plans to enter the suborbital space tourism race [see announcement]. The project leader, Marc Newsome, has said that they would like to begin the project in 2008 and if they are able to do so then a first commercial flight would possibly be available by 2012. Marc Newsome will be in charge of designing the interior cabin which is said to have "highly innovative seats [that will] balance themselves to minimize the effects of acceleration and deceleration, ensuring the greatest passenger comfort and safety." The Australian born designer has been named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. As Creative Director of Qantas Airways, he has also been responsible for the design of their entire fleet including the Airbus A380 and I can say from personal experience that Qantas has, by far, been the best airline with which I have traveled.

Space jet floating in suborbital space. Source: EADS.net
The Flight

The flight will consist of two stages on a space jet comparable to a business jet sized vehicle and will carry four passengers. The space jet will take off from a conventional airport and normal jet engines will carry the craft to an altitude of 12 km when the rocket engines will be ignited. In a mere 80 seconds the rockets will have propelled the space jet all the way up to an altitude of 60 km. The ship will receive enough boost from the rockets to lift it to its peak altitude of 100 km where it will hover weightlessly for 3 minutes and give tourists an incredible view of the Earth. Passengers will get plenty of opportunity to catch a view with the 15 windows, each 30% bigger than a standard jet window. The jet will then make its descent slowly until the jet engines can safely be initiated. The jet will then land at a standard airfield. In total, the entire trip will last between an hour and an hour and a half.

Below is the promotional video of a flight from EADS Astrium:


Financing

Estimated to cost around one billion euros, the project will largely be supported by private capital. Return on investment will from the emerging and very promising suborbital space tourism market. Astrium says that the price per ticket could be anywhere from €150,000 to €200,000. Following five years of operation, EADS Astrium hopes to have claimed 30% of the space tourism market.

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It seems that the private space industry is growing at an ever faster pace. I can only hope that this is just the beginning. My guess is that we will witness several other companies make announcements about entering the great private space race before 2012--especially if Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipOne and Bigewlow Aerospace's space hotels take-off (no pun intended). I do believe we are at the start of an exciting time period here.

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4 comments:

梁爵 said...

2020.03.15許多來酒店上班的小姐都一定會詢問,請問:到酒店工作當酒店小姐就一定要出場酒店S嗎?
其實現在的酒店已不像大家刻版印象中,以前到酒店上班的小姐。客人看上了酒店小姐想帶小姐出去,店家就一定會強迫小姐出場,現在酒店的環境變化很大,由以前傳統制度演化改為人性化管理,由於酒店競爭大,各家酒店無不用盡各種方法,來招募更多的酒店小姐。
所以現在的酒店也不會像電影/電視連續劇一樣,強制小姐一定要酒店S跟客人出場,現在酒店打工將酒店小姐出場的方式改為小姐個人意願,客人要帶小姐出場時會告知小姐要去那裡,只要小姐不願意跟客人出去店家沒人能逼妳,有些酒店只有規定小姐出場只需陪客人到客人想去的地方(例如:吃消夜 續攤 錢櫃 夜店 )當然也會告知雙方(有床的地方不能去 例如:妳家/客人家/旅館/飯店)苗頭不對可立即離開。
也不可能要求小姐跟客人出去就一定要接S,當然也會有部份小姐因為想賺取更多的收入,而跟客人私下交易自已接S,所以酒店小姐到酒店上班出場接S完全屬於小姐個人行為,也不必擔心說到酒店上班就一定要出場或接S的。(我梁曉尊絕對不會,要求妳做不願意做的事。)

梁爵 said...

2020.04.18台灣在一名酒店工作「酒店小姐」確診武漢肺炎(COVID-19、新冠肺炎)案379確診酒店上班酒店女公關,匡列123位接觸者,昨(16)日指揮中心宣布,22名接觸者採檢都陰性,引發關注,為何有確診案例是喝咖啡30分鐘就被傳染,但酒店打工的親密接觸者卻都能平安無事呢?中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中認為,雖然酒店PT接觸越久越親密,感染機率越高,但是要看每個酒店上班酒店小姐人身體的感受和抵抗力無法一概而論。
酒酣耳熱耳鬢廝磨,卻通通幸運逃過病魔!案379台北八大行業某酒店女公關確診,送往迎來匡列了123位接觸者,大家七上八下,不過採檢結果出爐,22人採檢陰性安全過關,但是酒店消費型態都是在密閉的包廂裡頭,酒店公關和客人幾乎都是肩並肩靠在一起,很難保持室內1.5公尺的安全距離,而且扯開嗓子高歌或是滔滔不絕聊天,飛沫傳染很難不被拖累,一待就是一整夜,卻都平安無事,偏偏面對面喝杯咖啡的卻中了!
像案269在桃園機場旅客服務中心,因為接待國外回台的案277,兩人不過喝了半小時咖啡卻被傳染,這問題出在哪?中央流行疫情指揮中心指揮官陳時中說:「接觸時間越長越密切,(感染)可能性就越高,但是不是全有或無的問題,那是一個可能性,好像說有人感冒了來,有些人坐比較近沒有傳染到,有人坐比較遠就傳染到,當然跟身體(抵抗力)還有各種感受力,都有相關的因素在的。」陳時中認為不是病毒量多寡,而是每個人身體抵抗力和承受力都不一樣,才會同樣面對病毒有人酒過三巡還是陰性,有人咖啡一杯不幸染病。

梁爵 said...

2020.04.20行政院召開「酒店工作紓困振興方案—個人紓困措施」記者會,表示「凡是酒店S公關有需求,甚至任何人、任何酒店打工行業,只要有需求前來申請,基本上政府在防疫這段時間,都會從寬認定,沒有資格限制八大行業。」
針對所謂「酒店PT從寬認定」本會認為衛福部應盡速公布辦法與申請表明列放寬限制為何,勿以對外宣稱「已解決酒店上班公關問題」打迷糊仗、濫開空頭支票,本會提供特種行業從業者不適用現行地方政府急難救助情況供主管機關參考,盼紓困能確實落實於有生計困難之從業者身上。
酒店小姐酒店公關雇傭證明:以公關為例,現地方區公所之急難救助多須出具基於雇傭關係之非自願離職證明,而公關與店家或經紀公司皆無雇傭關係,無法列舉該項證明,建議以薪資單或店家通聯記錄代之。
制服店 禮服店 便服店 直播 傳播 飯局 訪視:且家戶訪視極不利於隱瞞其職業身分之從業者,本會建議為節省行政成本並顧及從業者隱私一律免除訪視程序。
人籍不合一:現急難救助須至申請人戶籍地公所申請,而許多特種行業從業者離鄉背井,工作地與戶籍地不一之情形在所多有,建議放寬以工作所在地公所辦理。
停業證明:目前由中央疫情指揮中心勒令停業之497間酒店、舞廳,除遭稽查違法營業,否則不一定會接獲市政府停業公文,而急難救助要求從業者舉證停業證明極不合理,即便市府確有發公文勒令店家停業,從業者也難以向店家取得該文,故如需停業公文作為佐證,應由地方公所備有停業店家名單查核。
存簿:申請資料應附有存摺與否,針對其影響獲補與否應有明確規範,因從業者係因疫情導致收入中斷而非中、低收入戶申請,應一併考量債務、親屬撫養等其他常態開支,不應僅以交易紀錄或存款作為判斷,且多數從業者薪資支領方式以現金為主,存簿內不會有收入資料。並非公關要求多現行方案不適用。資深酒店經紀表示若公關願「屈就」於現行「充電再出發」或「安心就業計畫」皆可申請,本會再次重申對於任何實際有助於生計之紓困方案從業者均非常歡迎、求之不得,沒有「屈就」問題!惟「充電再出發」、「安心就業計畫」皆針對有僱傭關係之一般減班企業,業界多數公關並非店家或經紀公司僱員,且停業不如減班仍有基本工資保障,尚有「薪資差額」可補助,並不適用於此計畫;即便是現行針對失業勞工之「失業給付」、「子女就學補助」或由政府提供職缺之「安穩僱用」、「短期上工」計畫,公關皆因無僱主投保就業保險或勞保,並不符申請資格。

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