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Space Tourism: Next Steps Taking Shape

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posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 04:39 PM

Ticket-to-ride commuter flights to the edge of space may not be too far off - with spaceliners departing several spaceports here in the United States.

New facts regarding the emerging personal space travel business were presented last week before the House Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics in Washington, D.C.

Testifying before lawmakers and making the technical and business case for public space travel were Burt Rutan, chief of Scaled Composites of Mojave, California, joined by Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic - a space tourism venture that is a subsidiary of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

Last year, privately-financed, single-seat suborbital flights of SpaceShipOne were achieved, snagging the Ansari X Prize in the process. That $10 million purse was put in play to spur both suborbital and orbital public space transportation. SpaceShipOne was designed and built by Scaled Composites.

Also in 2004, a deal was struck between Mojave Aerospace Ventures, a joint venture formed by Rutan and billionaire Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, and the Virgin Group. For their part, Virgin has created a new subsidiary, Virgin Galactic, which has plans to contract Scaled Composites to build a fleet of suborbital vehicles based on the SpaceShipOne - but able to haul up to five passengers high above Earth.


this is how i plan to go to space...

how about you???


posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:23 PM
Personally, I plan to go up either with NASA or for "work-related business" through any number of private enterprises.

VG is so awesome.

posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 11:42 AM
sounds real fun! hmmmm imagine the ticket prices though.... but if i have the money when i get older that will be on my list for things to do.

plus i dont know how a business would survive like that, imagine the insurance they would have to pay to be able to take ppl into space

posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 07:24 PM

Originally posted by tondo
plus i dont know how a business would survive like that, imagine the insurance they would have to pay to be able to take ppl into space

"We take no responsibility for any harm done to your person while using The Elevator. Any harm is solely the fault of the individual, and you relinquish all rights for legal action upon purchase of your lift ticket."

Problem solved.

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