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Question: Is space tourism a possibility over the next 25 to 50 years?

Frank: We have now I mean there is actually if you are like a zillionaire you can take a trip to outer space and then to be international space station and there also all these sort of several little flights you can take, it’s to the tune of $35 million an hour, so it is not a mass industry at this point, it is kind of a niche. Yeah, I think we will almost sure of 25 years out of may be a little bit longer and Richard Branson is doing some of the amazing things it is going to be a big better on it. I think the appeal is there I think it is going to become it is going to be a pretty rarified group of people who get them do it, but it is such a nifty idea to be floating above the earth, and seeing the curvature of the earth and seeing stars above you, kind of I mostly do that.

Question: What formerly dangerous locales will soon be popular for traveling?

Frank: I think more of the middle east absolutely and places like Oman and Yemen, Oman has been pretty stable for a long time but Yemen has been a little less stable I think that is going to come up I think Iran is an emerging destination and our political relationship with Iran is terrible right now but there are lot of Europeans going there, a lot of other Asians going there and it is magnificent country with a lot to offer. Same with Pakistan I won’t to go to Pakistan right now, that seems too edgy and volatile but I think as hopefully as things stabilize and situations in proof there and there are some fantastic things to see that I think Americans would be interested in seeing.

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