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2006-02-18 10:21:10

LOS ANGELES -- A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement. The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of...

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2006-02-17 07:00:20

LOS ANGELES -- A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights. The agreement announced Thursday between Space Adventures and the venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau. "We want to provide the opportunity for people to experience space in as many...

2006-02-10 06:39:57

WASHINGTON (AP) - Paying space travelers could be lifting off from the United States by 2008, Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta says. He told a group of space entrepreneurs Thursday that he expects to issue permits for test flights next year. If those are successful, licenses for passenger space travel could then be issued. "This timeline isn't based on science fiction," Mineta said, adding that it's based on where he expects the state of commercial space to be in two years. There...

2006-02-06 18:22:02

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - Millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett sets out on Tuesday for what he hopes to be the longest nonstop flight ever made by an aircraft. The 61-year-old Fossett, who already holds piloting, ballooning, sailing and other endurance records, was not entirely confident about his planned 80-hour trip into the record books. "It will be very close," Fossett told a preflight news conference. "I'm stretching the limits of the airplane." Fossett was to...

2006-02-05 15:35:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Steve Fossett, this era's Phileas Fogg, wants to do something not even the "Around the World in 80 Days" hero could contemplate: Fly around the globe - and then some - for more than three days without stopping. His goal is to break a 20-year-old record for longest flight. He plans to travel 27,012 miles in a spindly experimental airplane that helped him break a different record last year. During his 80 hours in the air, Fossett will take power naps no longer than...

2006-01-26 20:21:13

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday a plan to spend $100 million in state money to build a facility to launch tourists into space will take flight, despite objections in the state legislature. Richardson, a Democrat considered a potential presidential contender, wants to help British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic build a one-of-its-kind commercial spaceport near a small town neighboring the White Sands Missile...

2006-01-18 08:00:58

By Linda Sieg and Yukari Iwatani Kane TOKYO (Reuters) - A flood of sell orders forced the Tokyo stock exchange to close early as investors stampeded from the world's second-largest share market on Wednesday, spooked by fall-out from an investigation into a high-flying Internet firm. The Tokyo Stock Exchange, where shares were down almost 5 percent at one point, suspended trading 20 minutes before the normal closing time after the number of trades threatened to overwhelm its computer...

2006-01-18 02:20:18

By Linda Sieg and Yukari Iwatani TOKYO (Reuters) - A stampede of sell orders forced the shut-down of the world's second-biggest stock exchange on Wednesday as investors fled the Tokyo market, spooked by fall-out from an investigation into Internet company Livedoor The Tokyo Stock Exchange, where shares were down more than 4 percent at one point, suspended trading 20 minutes before the normal closing time after the number of trades threatened to exceed its computer system's capacity...

2006-01-13 00:55:00

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida -- The aircraft barreling down the Kennedy Space Center runway on Thursday did not come from space, but it was as unique as any NASA space shuttle. With a wingspan as wide as an 11-story building, and a body weight so light it cannot land without drag chutes to slow it, millionaire adventurer Steve Fossett's experimental plane arrived at the space base in Florida to prepare for another record-breaking flight. "It would be a thrill to go to space, but I'm...

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2005-12-16 08:20:00

UPHAM, N.M. -- When adventurer Richard Branson looks out across the vast southern New Mexico desert, he sees the launch pad of a space tourism industry. He envisions a state-built spaceport with roads, launchpads and giant runways, and customers pouring in for the chance to experience six minutes of weightlessness and a view of Earth they had only before seen in photos. "We're going where no one has gone before. There's no model to follow, nothing to copy," the British entrepreneur said...


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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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