John Spencer

John Spencer is a space architect with over twenty five years of award winning design experience. He has built a career that is a balance between the design and finance professions. He is a pioneer in what he calls "The Design Frontier." He creates, designs, and develops his own space tourism, Mars, and future themed simulation and attraction projects and serves as a conceptual designer for some of the world’s largest corporations. He has won two awards from NASA for his architectural designs for the International Space Station now in Earth orbit and created the first interior designs on the SpaceHab Module which has flown into orbit over a dozen times. He is the Founder (1995) and President of the not-for-profit Space Tourism Society (STS) and is considered a founding father of the Space Tourism Industry. He is the author of Space Tourism - Do You Want To Go, with Karen Rugg,published by Apogee books in September, 2004. The book premiers his design for the world’s first orbital super yacht named Destiny. As a real estate developer and master planner, he coined the term "Experience Park" in the early eighties. Some of his original concepts and designs include "The Science Fiction Hall of Fame" for the Queen Mary site, the first "Star Trek" theme park, and the "FuturePort Park." His 1982 "Space Resort" design and development project (take a 3 day simulated cruise into low Earth orbit) matured into the "Space World" theme park built in Japan. It opened in April 1991. He coined the terms "SimExperience" and "Simnauts" to describe the new generation of totally immersive orbital space cruise and Mars exploration and recreation simulation experiences he is currently designing. He is the president and chief designer for Red Planet Ventures (RPV) a design, licensing, and development company focused on Mars themed ventures. He is quoted in over 50 magazines, newspapers, and TV shows including The Today Show on the growing space tourism industry. His websites are: and

Broadcast 2233 (Special Edition)

Guests: Dr. Nicola Sarzi-Amade, John Spencer. Topics: ISDC 2014 Space Conference, speakers, tracks, events, and programs. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use.

Broadcast 1565 (Special Edition)

Guest: John Spencer. Topics: Space Tourism Society and space tourism development. You are invited to comment, ask questions, and discuss the Space Show program/guest(s) on the Space Show blog, Comments, questions, and any discussion must be relevant and applicable to Space Show programming. Transcripts of Space Show programs are not permitted without prior written consent from The Space Show (even if for personal use) & are a violation of the Space Show copyright.

Broadcast 881 (Special Edition)

Guest: This is a Golden Oldie Program featuring John Spencer of the Space Tourism Society from August 15, 2001, immediately followed by Chuck Lauer from Pioneer Rocketplane (the predecessor to what is now known as Rocketplane Global) and the Oklahoma Spaceport from Christmas, Dec. 25, 2001. Compare and contrast both of these programs with the very recent appearances of each guest on The Space Show. Their most recent appearances were on Dec 30 2007 (John Spencer) and on October 28, 2007 (Chuck Lauer).

Broadcast 862 (Special Edition)

Guest: John Spencer. John Spencer was with us today to talk about space tourism. John, as founder of The Space Tourism Society (, started off our discussion with the big picture for space tourism both here in the United States and globally. We talked about the growth the space tourism industry is undergoing in terms of its early development, the international aspects and interest regarding space tourism and the ability to give people here on Earth a taste of it through simulation and virtual reality.

Broadcast 805 (Special Edition)

This special program is a simulcast of the 62 Mile Club special event, "'s Closer Than You Think" program which was held Oct. 4, 2007 at the Luxe Hotel in Bel Air, California. You will hear all the terrific talks made during this impressive program which promotes the commercial space industry to future customers, investors and the general public. About 140 people attended the event, networking opportunities were awesome for those in attendance, and The Space Show bring all of the excellent speakers and talks to you.

Broadcast 523 (Special Edition)

John Spencer returned to The Space Show to update us on matters concerning space tourism. We began the interview with John summarizing space tourism developments since he was last on the show in August 2005. We spoke about suborbital tourism, the companies involved in the suborbital vehicle programs, and his yacht plans which John is well known for and which he as written about in his book, "Space Tourism - Do You Want To Go?" The book, published in 2004 by Apogee, is still available and is a must read for those of you interested in space tourism.

Broadcast 378 (Special Edition)

John Spencer, architect and designer specializing in space tourism, returned to this edition of The Space Show. We began the interview by discussing how the space tourism industry has changed from the mid-90's to the current time. In the context of this discussion, Mr. Spencer explained space tourism, its evolution, orbital versus suboribtal, the time frame for achieving space tourism and how uniting the field is, noting that space in general, especially space tourism has the potential for bringing people together, not separating them.

Broadcast 273 (Special Edition)

John Spencer, an award winning space architect, was the guest on this program. We discussed his new book, "Space Tourism: Do You Want To Go" and various other issues pertaining to space tourism. John began by explaining the four phases of industrial development, applying it to the space tourism industry. We also talked about the potential market for space tourism and how we know that a market does in fact exist. Mr.

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