Travel insurance to be offered for space flights
Travel insurance will soon become available to cover your trip into outer space.
BUPA, which offers not only travel insurance but also provides medical insurance and health care services as well, has announced that it will offer an insurance package to those who travel into space. The offering comes at a time when Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is getting ready to begin offering trips into space beginning in 2009.
The insurer says that evidence of a market is already there. Besides the upcoming Virgin Galactic service, Russia has already allowed so-called “space tourists” to fly to the international space station on its vehicles. Nick Potter, head of BUPA Travel, said that the coverage will take into account issues such as the effect space travel has on the human body.
Mr. Potter also said that offering coverage in space is not all that great a leap for his company, since it already offers coverage to people in 190 nations around the world.