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2009-12-07 09:54:00

SWARTHMORE, Pa., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Joshua Bush, CTA, vice president of Park Avenue Travel, one of only 50 travel consultants in the United States to have been hand-selected as a Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent (ASA), will attend the world premiere of SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, Calif., today. Bush is the only travel advisor in Pennsylvania accredited to reserve seats for trips to suborbital space. The unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, developed by Scaled Composites, marks the next...

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2009-12-09 06:00:00

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson unveiled the new bullet-shaped commercial rocket plane that will give tourists the opportunity to take a ride into space and see the Earth while experiencing the thrill of weightlessness. The spacecraft, about the size of a large business jet with wide windows and seats for six, represents a costly gamble on a commercial space tourism industry. The British billionaire said Monday that he hopes to sell tickets for the Virgin Galactic spaceliner at...

2009-12-02 05:00:00

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Karen Kilyk of Covington International Travel in Virginia, a member of the prestigious Virtuoso® travel network, is among only 50 U.S. travel advisors invited to attend the world premier of SpaceShipTwo, the space vehicle developed by Scaled Composites to take private passengers to space. (Virtuoso is the exclusive retail travel agency network for Virgin Galactic throughout the Americas.) This exclusive event hosted by Virgin...

2009-09-23 14:19:50

NASA has selected nine scientific teams to work on future high-altitude balloon and sounding rocket payloads. The selected proposals address a wide range of astrophysical mysteries from dark matter and cosmic-ray antiprotons to studies of galaxy clusters and supernova remnants. "The suborbital research program is a very important part of astrophysics," said Jon A. Morse, director of the Astrophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "We are very...

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2009-05-07 14:10:00

The president of Virgin Galactic says the company's plans to take passengers into space are just the beginning of a series of space exploration ploys. In an interview with Reuters, Virgin Galactic's Will Whitehorn said the company has collected $40 million from 300 people on a waiting list for space tourist flights. The list includes high-profile names including physicist Stephen Hawking and ex-racing driver Niki Lauda. Each person on that list was willing to give Virgin $200,000. "We needed...

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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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...

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2008-09-30 15:35:00

Virgin Galactic will join up with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. The first instrument would provide data on atmospheric composition - particularly greenhouse gases. So far, 280 customers have already reserved seats for sub-orbital space flights aboard the vehicles, the company said. Virgin aims to be the world's first "spaceline", taking...

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2008-04-21 14:30:00

Britain's billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson plans to conduct a wedding ceremony 70 miles above the earth's surface. The event will take place next year on the initial Galactic sub-orbital flight, and will make Branson the first man to marry a couple in space.It won't be the first time Branson is involved in an attempt to break a world record. In 1986, he led a record setting trip across the Atlantic in a powerboat. Then, in 1991, he crossed the Pacific in an air balloon, shattering...


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