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2008-12-02 02:00:00

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...

2008-12-06 15:35:00

China, for the first time, has launched and recovered a hybrid rocket, the University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Bejing says. The Beihang-2 was fired Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gansu province, with the head of the rocket parachuting to the ground for recovery about 15 minutes later, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported Saturday. The low-cost and non-explosive rocket was designed by students at the university's School of Aeronautics,...

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2008-12-03 07:05:00

The world's first space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, met its first outer space obstacle on Tuesday when a competitor - XCOR Aerospace Inc - began offering half price tickets for suborbital rides. XCOR also announced that it is partnering will long-time developer Jules Klar to sell rides on its Lynx spacecraft for $95,000. The two-seat Lynx craft is still being developed by XCOR and will have its first test flight sometime in 2010. The company plans to take Danish investment banker Paul...

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2008-11-28 09:50:00

In a display of the power of competition, American entrepreneurs have broken the government monopoly on space travel, and succeeded in lowering the cost of space access before a single paying participant has taken a flight. So, even if the overall economy may look down, the market for space tourism is looking up. On Tuesday, December 2, XCOR Aerospace, builder of the 2-seat Lynx rocket-powered suborbital launch vehicle, is introducing its General Sales Agent for ticket sales and will announce...

2008-10-24 12:00:03

NEW YORK, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Space took a giant leap closer to earth today, following the launch of a new joint venture between Rocket Racing, Inc. (RRI), Armadillo Aerospace and the government of New Mexico. With a goal of sending adventurers into suborbital space with a target price of $100,000 per ticket or less, the three companies unveiled plans to field a fleet of reusable Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) vehicles (RLV) that will take flight from Spaceport America near Las...

2008-07-02 18:00:00

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...

2008-03-26 23:34:47

GOLDEN, Colo. — XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif. unveiled plans today for a new entry in the suborbital spaceship business — a rocket-powered space plane to be known as the Lynx. The Lynx is being designed to carry a pilot and a passenger or payload on flights into suborbital space. Company officials are eyeing 2010 as the date for the inaugural launch of the vehicle. Lynx is roughly the size of a small private airplane. It would be capable of flying several times a day making...

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2008-03-26 03:40:00

A small California aerospace company today unveiled a new suborbital spaceship that will provide affordable front-seat rides to the edge of space for the millions of people who want to buy a ticket. The company, XCOR Aerospace, of Mojave, CA, announced that its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship will carry people or payloads to where they will experience weightlessness and see the stars above and the Earth and its atmosphere below. This will launch XCOR into the emerging space tourism market,...

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2008-03-17 00:00:00

European aerospace giant EADS says it will require a production line of rocket planes to meet demand for the space tourism market. The company's Astrium division, which makes the Ariene rocket, has plans to make commercial vehicles for consumer flights to altitudes of over 100km (62 miles).Astrium does not plan to run a space tourism operation itself, but would supply vehicles to those who will.  The company anticipates it be would produce about 10 planes a year that would seat five...

2008-02-18 00:20:00

Iranian state media reported on Sunday that the country had successfully received transmission from a trial rocket that was launched into orbit designed to carry a satellite into space. The rocket, launched on February 4, sparked further concern from the international community due to speculation that the technology could be used to launch weapons from space. "Iran's recently launched research rocket has successfully transmitted scientific data back to the country," state television said. It...


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