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2009-03-26 07:09:00

Simonyi Makes History as He Commences His Second Space Mission VIENNA, Va., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace, today announced that its orbital client Charles Simonyi and his crew successfully launched aboard a Soyuz-TMA spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan en route to the International Space Station (ISS). Simonyi joins the Expedition 19 crew, which includes Russian cosmonaut...

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2009-03-23 10:20:00

Billionaire Charles Simonyi will become the world's first two-time space tourist when he sets off for the International Space Station on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Simonyi has now spent $60 million overall to take the space flight with two professional Russian and American astronauts who will be going up for a six-month stint at the space station. The two-week trip to the space station will likely be his last, as the Russian government is preparing to stop tourist flights in the...

2009-03-19 08:00:00

Simonyi Makes History as the First Repeat Private Space Explorer VIENNA, Va., March 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In preparation for his March 26 launch, Charles Simonyi has outlined the mission objectives he hopes to achieve during his second visit to the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Simonyi is the seventh orbital client for Space Adventures, Ltd., the only company that provides human space missions to the world marketplace. Dr. Simonyi will make history during his spaceflight by becoming...

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2009-03-18 15:55:00

A Swedish space tourism firm said on Wednesday that short space flights are set to begin launching from northern Sweden in 2012. "We expect that the first tourist flights leaving from the United States will start around 2011 and that Kiruna (in northern Sweden) will be next about a year later, in 2012," said Spaceport Sweden spokeswoman Johanna Bergstroem-Roos in an interview with AFP. Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson, will run the flights, which will initially send paying...

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2009-03-06 06:50:00

Software mogul Charles Simonyi told reporters on Thursday that he pays no mind to the additional $10 million he will pay to Russia for his upcoming journey into space. Simonyi, who earned his wealth as the head of Microsoft's application software group, is expected to spend 11 days on his journey from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome to the International Space Station. He spent $25 million on his first space trip in April 2007, but since then the price has risen to $35 million. "It's money that...

2009-02-17 06:00:00

PHOENIX, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the first suborbital space ship has even flown its first flight, the cost of commercial "space" travel available to the general public has already dropped by more than fifty percent. RocketShip Tours and XCOR Aerospace recently announced that the cost of their suborbital space flight, which will begin operation in 2010 will be just $95,000. This includes a five-night stay at a luxury resort, complete training, medical evaluation and screening,...

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2009-02-03 13:15:00

Virgin Galactic is collaborating with UK firm Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in hopes of developing low-cost rockets with the capability to put small satellites into orbit in a similar fashion to the US Pegasus system. The companies hope to use Galactic's White Knight Two system, which was unveiled last year and is intended to carry space tourists, as a more affordable means of delivering satellites into space."Hopefully we can do it for a lot less money than the current providers," Dr...

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2009-01-28 13:25:00

During a recession that has many industries under pressure as consumers cut spending, the space tourism business is booming, thanks to enthusiastic demand by ultra-wealthy clientele. "Business is good," a Reuters report quoted Eric Anderson, CEO of Space Adventures, as saying on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The privately-held U.S. firm has sold about $175 million worth of seats on Russian rockets to the International Space Station (ISS).  The company...

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...

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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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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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