Now that the space shuttles are being transported around the US piggybacking on 747s again, today’s invention offers a way to contribute towards the next phase of space exploration.
It takes the form of a novel payload container for the shuttle cargo bay.
This would be a pressurised cylinder with seating and facilities like an airliner. It would have windows that allowed occupants to look out through the ports in the shuttle’s sides. The container might even allow limited numbers of people to move from the airliner to the shuttle during flight.
Although it would go nowhere near space, passengers could legitimately claim they had flown aboard the space shuttle, get a certificate and be charged a large premium for the privilege.