Long-standing plans by British billionaire Richard Branson about the organization of space flights is nearing realization. Recently, the head of the Virgin group of companies presented the public with aircraft with a rocket engine called SpaceShipTwo, which will be used for commercial flights into space.
“I know that there are literally thousands wanting to be in space to be able to look out the window, admiring the beautiful Land,” — said the billionaire. At the presentation of SpaceShipTwo in California, he said, dreamed of going into space since then, as seen on TV landing on the moon. Presents the aircraft will undergo tests over the next 18 months, before the first tourists will be able to take a short excursion outside the Earth’s atmosphere. About three hundred people have already applied for the flight is $200 thousand during the six minutes of weightlessness.
SpaceShipTwo, built from lightweight composite materials based on carbon and is equipped with a rocket engine on a hybrid fuel. The basis for its development was the project SpaceShipOne — aircraft, lifting into the air booster. He became the world’s first private space ship and made a series of flights in 2004, reports the BBC . Continue reading
But only 25 people winning perfume brand AXE
International perfumery and hygiene brand “AKS” (AXE) announced the launch of a global campaign, during which there will be a selection of candidates for space flight on the ship the American company Space Expedition Corporation (Space XC), the Agency reports ITAR-TASS. For 25 people, selected to participate in the international space program launched AXE in conjunction with Space XC, which since 2008, specializes in projects related to space tourism, space flight, scheduled for the first quarter of 2014, will be completely free.
To date, the last (as the astronauts, “extreme”) is a space tourist canadian billionaire and founder of world famous Cirque du Soleil, guy laliberté, who in the autumn of 2009 on the Russian ship “the Union” took part in the expedition to the International space station (ISS). Ticket to space “round-trip” cost him $ 35 million. Since the first successful flight of a tourist wishing to see the space is steadily increasing. Grows and the cost of this tour: starting in 2001, when in outer space, visited the first “Amateur” – the American businessman Dennis Tito, the fare has doubled – from 20 to 40 million dollars. Continue reading
Space tourism. History and prospects.
On Friday, 31 October, disaster struck the American private spacecraft Space Ship Two. This is the news went around all the news channels of the world. One of the two pilots managed to eject.
What kind of project passenger space ship Space Ship spaceship and carrier White Knight ?
For the first time the issue of commercialization of space missions was raised as far back as 1967, the Americans. But the idea found no support in the state. Space flights were very hazardous and the road.
However, in 1996, well-known, tireless designer, inventor and pilot Bert Rutana was established by a private design company to create space, passenger craft reusable. Commercial use of space travel received a new impetus. The concept of “space tourism” takes on a new, broader meaning. Of course, later were space tourists. They were sent to the Mir station, the Russian Soyuz spacecraft. But, first of all, it cost millions of dollars, and secondly, these were isolated cases, and on tourism, in a broad sense, could not be and speeches. The program was funded by large companies or the flight was paid for by private individuals. Continue reading