RocketShip Tours to Sell Rides to Edge of Space Aboard XCOR’s Lynx

December 2, 2008

MOJAVE, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ — A travel entrepreneur who
introduced hundreds of thousands of Americans to European travel in the 1960′s
has taken luxury travel to new heights – the edge of space.

Jules Klar, founder of Phoenix, AZ-based RocketShip Tours, has announced
that his company will immediately begin selling rides to the edge of space for
$95,000 per flight. Participants will fly aboard the Lynx, a two-seat
suborbital vehicle being built by California-based XCOR Aerospace.

“Years ago, my dream was to introduce the world to new travel
opportunities at prices that were consistent with a unique experience,” said
Klar. “In 1961 I created $5-A-Day Tours in partnership with Arthur Frommer that enabled thousands of Americans to see Europe at affordable prices.”
After moving to Arizona, Klar created Great American Travel, a high-end
boutique operation specializing in luxury cruises and tours. “We’ve helped
thousands of sophisticated adventurous travelers visit exotic destinations all
over the world including Antarctica, where they developed a deeper
appreciation for its beautiful, pristine and fragile environment. Today, I am
very proud to announce this partnership with XCOR Aerospace to offer
participants an out of this world experience – a front row seat to the edge of

“The natural evolution of human exploration knows no bounds. RocketShip
Tours and XCOR have come together to usher in the private sector’s role in
space exploration. There is no doubt that a new era of pioneering space
enthusiasts is emerging. In fact, prior to signing this agreement with
RocketShip Tours, XCOR had already taken paid reservations for approximately
20 flights,” said Klar.

XCOR Chief Test Pilot and three-time Space Shuttle Pilot and Commander,

Rick Searfoss said the Lynx will carry people or payloads to the edges of
space up to four times a day. Seated next to him in the co-pilot seat,
participants will undoubtedly experience the thrill of a lifetime. The awe-
inspiring view of the curvature of Earth, the thin blue mantle of the
atmosphere below, and inky blackness of space above will provide participants
with unforgettable memories beyond description.

XCOR officials discussed the technology used on the two-seat, fully
reusable launch vehicle that takes off like an airplane, and lands the same
way, while Chris Gilman of Orbital Outfitters, a NASA spacesuit contractor,
demonstrated the spacesuit technology that will be worn by those flying in the
Lynx. Gilman, winner of an Academy Award for special effects, said the suit
is both lighter and safer than older NASA spacesuits.

Klar said he was inspired by the revolutionary Lynx suborbital vehicle
because it offers participants a unique and intimately personal experience.
“You’re sitting in a cockpit in the co-pilot’s seat beside your astronaut
pilot, with a panoramic view of the stars above and Earth below. It is the
ride of your life!”

“I am going to fly aboard the Lynx because I want to experience space from
a front row seat,” said Danish investment banker Per Wimmer, who will take the
first commercial flight aboard the Lynx. Wimmer, based in London, has already
earned a reputation as a pioneering adventurer. He recently made the first
tandem skydive over Mt. Everest, and maintains a website, www.wimmerspace.com.
Wimmer, who uses his adventures to promote various charities, says, “My goal
is to place the Dannebrog, the Danish flag, on the Moon one day. Flying to
the edge of space aboard the Lynx will make me the first Dane to experience
suborbital space flight and takes me one step closer to my ultimate goal.”

Klar said his company is enlisting innovative and progressive travel
professionals to sell seats on the Lynx. “Those who are interested in a
suborbital space flight can visit our website, www.rocketshiptours.com, and
choose a Space Tourism Specialist who is trained and certified by RocketShip

The total cost of the Lynx flight experience is $95,000. A deposit of
$20,000 begins the process of assigning the participant to the qualification
program. Klar said one does not have to be an athlete to fly aboard the Lynx,
but the procedure will include a medical questionnaire and a screening
performed by qualified aeronautic physicians. Instruction regarding life
support systems, flight physiology, and other aspects of the Lynx suborbital
flight will also be provided. “We want to ensure the experience is as safe as
possible and that people are adequately trained and prepared.”

“Since this is a suborbital launch, training will require familiarization
with the spacesuit and what will be experienced while sitting in the cockpit.”
Klar said. “We will provide deluxe accommodations for all those who share in
‘The Right Stuff’ experience we offer and become part of this historic stage
in the evolution of human space flight.”

“After the flight is concluded, participants will receive an HD DVD
recording of their flight experience as well as other mementos,” Klar said.

XCOR COO Andrew Nelson noted that RocketShip Tours’ announcement marks an
important milestone in space exploration efforts. “American entrepreneurs are
succeeding – we are bringing down the cost of space flight and making it
affordable,” said Nelson. “What is most astonishing is that competition has
already reduced prices before a single vehicle has flown. What a fabulous
holiday gift this is going to make for many people who thought they had

“I’ve had a long career in travel, and I have found that we are not
offering a destination, so much as we are offering an experience that appeals
to the pioneering spirit inside all of us,” said Klar. “This type of
adventure is truly transcendent because it widens our horizons, and teaches us
not only about the world we live in, but something about ourselves as well. I
believe that the view from space aboard the Lynx will undoubtedly be
positively life-changing in ways we can only dream of.”

RocketShip Tours, Inc. is the General Sales Agent for XCOR Aerospace and
exclusive global provider of participant services for the Lynx suborbital
vehicle. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, RocketShip Tours was founded by Jules
H. Klar
, an innovative travel entrepreneur.

XCOR Aerospace is a California corporation located in Mojave, California.
The company is in the business of developing and producing safe, reliable and
reusable rocket-powered vehicles and propulsion systems that enable affordable
access to space.


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