July 2, 2008
Trips into Space.. On Old Tyres
By STEPHEN WHITE
BRITAIN'S biggest passenger space rocket is set for its first flight - fuelled by old car tyres.Nova 2 is designed to carry three passengers more than 60 miles above the Earth for 20-minute trips.
And to make it more environmentally friendly it will use rocket fuel partly made from recycled tyres.
Scientist Steve Bennett, 43, unveiled the rocket at Salford University where he is head of the space technology lab.
Steve, who admits he was inspired by children's TV series Thunderbirds, has spent 10 years planning the privately manned flights.
He needs pounds 7million funding but hopes the 3,500mph trips, costing pounds 98,000 a time, will be operating by 2013.
The 58ft rocket will have an unmanned test launch in September 2009 from a space port in New Mexico - also the base for Richard Branson's bid to send paying customers into space.
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