Commercial Space Travel in 5 Years

Posted by Michael Pinto on Aug 10, 2006 in Science |

This sounds quite cool, but I think if I was paying $200k I’d like to spend a bit more than 5 minutes in outerspace:

Space travel will take off in five years, travel boss says

“Commercial flights to space could be taking off from Britain within five years, the head of the space travel firm Virgin Galactic said Wednesday. Will Whitehorn said the Lossiemouth Royal Air Force base in Moray, in Scotland, is on track to be used as a base for the company’s spacecraft from 2011. Virgin Galactic, owned by billionaire British entrepreneur Richard Branson, will charge 110,000 pounds (209,600 dollars, 162,900 euros) a ticket to give passengers to experience weightlessness for five minutes. It plans to operate around seven spacecraft that will fly 87 miles (156 kilometres) above the earth’s surface.”

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