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On a barren airstrip tucked into the edge of the desert, the 59-year-old billionaire will pull back the curtain on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2) – the carbon-composite craft about the size of a Gulfstream jet (and a third of the size of the Space Shuttle) which aims to carry paying passengers out of the Earth's atmosphere to the brink of space.
Already, 300 wealthy adventurers are said to have signed up for the proposed $200,000, two-and-a-half-hour flights – among them scientists Stephen Hawking and 90-year-old James Lovelock, and celebrities such as X-Men director Brian Singer and former Dallas star Victoria Principal. In stark contrast to the complexity of an astronaut's training, a flight with Virgin Galactic will only require three days' pre-training. It is rumoured that the very first passengers will be Branson himself, along with his two children and parents.
Originally posted by Air Force Ron
reply to post by apollospeed
I would venture that enough money could buy you a Seat on a Shuttle or other craft.
Originally posted by paradigm619
Yes this is definitely possible. When I was in college, some guy came to my school to speak who paid the Russian government to take him into Earth orbit. It only cost about $5 million if I remember correctly. I can't for the life of me remember his name, but I think his last name was Tito.
So yes, with enough money, it's definitely possible.