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Space tourism and the collapse of the White Knight

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

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