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2006-07-30 17:50:00

LOS ANGELES -- They are celestial missionaries of sorts: professionals with a wild side, celebrities with money to burn and semi-retirees with a hankering for one last thrill. What they share is a desire to float weightless for a mere five minutes. They've also got $200,000 to book a flight into space. Even without a guarantee that they would ever blast off, these leisurenauts are voluntarily promoting commercial space travel - still several years away, at least - with an almost religious...

2006-07-23 15:00:00

A spacecraft taking off from a private West Texas spaceport being bankrolled and developed by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos would take off vertically, but unlike NASA's space shuttle would also land vertically, according to an environmental study that offers a glimpse into the secretive plans. The craft would hit an altitude of about 325,000 feet - or almost 62 miles - before descending and restarting its engine for a "precision vertical powered landing on the landing pad" in sparsely...

2006-07-14 07:30:50

LOS ANGELES -- An unmanned, inflatable spacecraft launched by a Las Vegas real estate mogul has beamed back the first images since it slipped into orbit and expanded itself. Genesis I sent back several photos Thursday taken by its dozen cameras showing sections of the craft, according to its builder Bigelow Aerospace. The company declined to publicly release the images. The experimental spacecraft rocketed into space Wednesday from Russia on a mission to test technology that could be used to...

2006-07-13 07:15:00

LOS ANGELES -- An experimental spacecraft bankrolled by real estate magnate Robert Bigelow successfully inflated in orbit Wednesday, testing a technology that could be used to fulfill his dream of building a commercial space station. In a brief statement posted on his Web site, Bigelow said the Genesis I satellite "successfully expanded" several hours after liftoff. No other details were provided. Genesis I flew aboard a converted Cold War ballistic missile from Russia's southern Ural...

2006-06-24 13:25:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- It took help from the U.S. Postal Service to jump-start the nation's commercial aviation industry in the late 1920s and early 1930s. NASA Administrator Michael Griffin thinks a little push from government could do the same for the commercial space industry in the next several years. The U.S. space agency is sponsoring a competition in which winning companies will get $500 million in seed money to develop space vehicles that NASA will never design, build or own. Like a...

2006-05-05 19:05:00

LOS ANGELES (AP) - NASA said Friday it is sponsoring a $2 million contest to spur aerospace designers to build and demonstrate versatile rockets that may one day support a lunar mission. The competition is part of the space agency's Centennial Challenges program, which aims to foster innovation by offering prizes to teams that can solve a range of problems. NASA is working with the Santa Monica-based X Prize Foundation to conduct the Lunar Lander Analog Challenge, simulating a trip between...

2006-05-04 19:45:30

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maverick aerospace designer Burt Rutan on Thursday criticized NASA's decision to use an Apollo-style capsule to return to the moon, saying it "doesn't make any sense" to build a new generation of space vehicles using old technology. The designer of SpaceShipOne said NASA's proposed crew exploration vehicle to replace the aging space shuttle fleet doesn't push the technical envelope needed to accomplish more complex future missions that might include manned flights to other...

2006-04-03 08:17:07

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A former software developer at U.S. giant Microsoft could make a trip to the International Space Station next year aboard a Russian rocket, the RIA news agency reported on Monday. Hungarian-born Charles Simonyi, who was one of the key developers behind applications such as Microsoft Word, would become the world's fifth "space tourist." "A preliminary contract with Simonyi has been concluded for spring 2007," Alexei Krasnov, head of manned spaceflight programs at...

2006-03-01 17:02:31

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson signed legislation into law on Wednesday that will allow his state to begin investing $110 million in a facility to launch tourists into space. "These bills will help create tremendous economic impact for New Mexico, and particularly Southern New Mexico," Richardson said in a statement on the planned spaceport in Upham near the White Sands Missile Range. "This is a unique opportunity for New Mexico to be on the ground floor...

2006-02-20 13:18:25

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Scotty will be blasted into space - not beamed up - and Gordo is returning for his third flight. The planned launch sometime in March of a rocket carrying the ashes of actor James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on "Star Trek," and Mercury program astronaut Gordon Cooper will give a fitting send-off to two men who helped popularize human space exploration. The craft also will hold the ashes of 185 others, including a telephone technician, a nurse...

Latest Space tourism Reference Libraries

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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