How much does it cost to shoot a teddy bear into space?
I was bopping around on the Internet the other day and I saw this story about axiom space and build-a-bear Partnering on a space shot. Part of the deal is they're going to send a Build-a-bear astronaut into space. That's right, a teddy bear in a space suit. Into space.
Now it's cute and everything, and they'll probably have fun thrown it around the capsule. And zero G, but how much does it cost? It costs a lot of money to shoot something up into space, cheating gravity is not cheap. Let's say Gigi weighs about 1 LB. (gigi is the name of the bear)
“The cost per pound to send something to space varies depending on the country and the type of launch. Typical launch costs today are $10,000 to $25,000 USD per kilogram ($4,500 to $11,000 USD per pound).”
Gigi has the job of being the zero-gravity indicator. In other words, Gigi is there to just float around inside the capsule to remind everybody that they have escaped the earth's gravity. (They can do the same thing with a nerf ball.)
It looks like Gigi will cost about $11,000.00 to go to space. If I had my choice of something that weighs a pound to go to space with me, it would probably be chocolate. (Now that's money well spent)
Axiom Space Mission 3 is going to be an all-European crew. That's a first for this Houston based company.
Launch, January 17th at around 5:11 PM EST
The International Space Station
Gallery Credit: Ed Nice