Check this out:<br /><br />http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2007/08/03/303924.aspx<br /><br /><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr /><p>Bigelow told me that he hasn't yet formulated a detailed plan for selling outer-space advertising. "We're open to any ideas or suggestions from people" on how the projector could be used, he said.<br /><br />OK, then: Suppose someone called up and offered him $5 to shine a picture of Grandma onto Genesis 2.<br /><br />"We would do that," Bigelow said.<br /><br />In fact, Bigelow said he was willing to take requests from regular folks for pictures and messages to display on the spacecraft. "I guess they would call Bigelow Aerospace, and we would try to handle their call," Bigelow said. He told me interested parties should leave their contact information with the company, and someone would call them back to work out the details. <b>(Bigelow Aerospace's phone number in North Las Vegas is 702-688-6600.) </b><br /><br />Bigelow suggested that images or text might be e-mailed, or they could be snail-mailed to the company and digitized in Las Vegas for uploading. "We'd have to probably ask people how long an image should remain" projected on the spacecraft, Bigelow said.<br /><br />It really sounded as if he was working out his advertising policy right on the spot. "The truth is, we have no idea if anybody cares," he said. "Right now it's just kind of a toy for us."<p><hr /></p></p></blockquote> <br /><br /><b>FIVE DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! </b> <img src="/images/icons/laugh.gif" /><br /><br />If I was Virgin Galactic, Space Adventures, SpaceX etc (esp. SpaceX)... I'd jump at the opportunity of virtually free publicity!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
Yeahbut..... nobody can see the picture from the ground!!! You couldn't even see it if you were floating a couple hundred meters away. The only way to see the picture is thru the video cameras mounted on the outside of the module. What is the point?<br /><br />For those who have not played the Orbiter simulator, or not downloaded some of the add-on vehicles, there is a neat orbital refueling station available that has lots of clever advertising on the outside. The big spherical tank at one end is painted orange with a big "76" on the side. Down the length of its main truss is a sign about 30 feet wide and several hundred long reading "Free internet and coffee". Near the docking ports, visible out your forward window when docked, are ads for Geico spaceship insurance (the gecko is wearing a spacesuit), Century 21 real estate (on the moon), McDonalds, and others.
I think this is something that people can really get on board with despite the obvious fact that no one on Earth would be able to see it besides on the website. <br /><br />Think about it: parents or teachers trying to get their kids/students excited about astronomy and space would love to have their kid's pics posted IN space. <br /><br />Companies can spend less than what they spend on one Starbuck's coffee to get a pic and post it on their website. Sure, it won't become some sort of crazy ad campaign that will drive thousands of new customers to their company...but for $5 bucks on something new it is well worth it. Heck, lots of people paid $295 to have some sort of add INSIDE the Genesis II. This is nothing.<br /><br />A love-struck boy can have "I love you baby!" posted and then show his (hopefully nerdy and understanding) girlfriend the evidence and give a cheesy line such as "My love for you reaches to the stars." Even IF she breaks up with you, it'd be well worth it.<br /><br />I guess what I'm trying to say is for $5 bucks you really can't go wrong for whatever silly reason you can think up.
Ok how about this; they said you could post pictures or video. <br />-Imagine a music video with picture of the lead singer singing on the side of the ship with the music in the background synced to the movie. <br />-Governments could buy a picture of their flag on the side of the module. The fist United Arab Immigrants flag in space! (Hell if their population is dumb enough claim it is theirs on their governemnt owned media)<br />
I like the music video idea too. It's unfortunate that they didn't foresee this idea before they launched. It would have been cool to have a screen that would have earth rotating by in the background instead of just looking at the side of the pod.
No. I meant that instead of having the images project onto the side of the wrinkly and, ultimately, unimpressive side of Genesis II that it would neat if they could have a projection screen that would be angled in such a way that behind IT would be Earth. You know, something that would instantly let anyone who isn't a space junky know that "Hey, this image is being projected onto a screen...IN SPACE!"<br /><br />But doesn't really matter as it is besides the point.
I like the webcam idea. But not just project the image on a screen in space, have a background of the earth with it so you can tell just looking at the picture that it was taken in space. <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p> </p><p><font color="#0000ff"><em>"SCE to AUX" - John Aaron, curiosity pays off</em></font></p> </div>