Space Travel - it will happen! TN00617_.WMF (9390 bytes) "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic..."

Arthur C Clark

Watch this page as 'things appear'. We will go boldly where no person has gone before!

"Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another."  Plato "The Republic"

On this page you will see;

  • Updates on tourist flights to space
  • Edge of Space Flights
  • Email from a 'Time Traveller Hopeful' - see below!
  • Reports on commercial spaceship flights.
  • X-43A Hypersonic Research Flights - towards economical space access.
  • For those who can't afford the US$200,000 to fly into space how about 'walking into space' for AU$30.

Links to other pages will show you....

Guided tour of the Famous Star City (Space Training Centre) outside Moscow.

China's Three Gorge Dam from Space

Can the Great Wall of China be seen from space?? Examine this age old debate..

The Earth, at night, from space.. A stunning picture showing the night lights of Earthling habitation as seen from orbit. This how Astronauts, and 'Aliens' see us when the bed lamp is turned off! This picture is 386kb in size so be patient if you have a dial up connection - the wait is worthwhile! Click to view..

Earth from Space view. Sunset across North Africa and Western Europe. Click and enjoy!

Edge of Space flight in a MIG. As high as an interceptor aircraft can get. Hear the engines splutter as you surge over the top of the trajectory curve where the 'sky' above is black and below is blue, and the horizon has this amazing curvature!

Link your home computer to the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico (via setiathome.ssl.berkeley.edu) and you could be the first person to spot messages from aliens for which the telescope constantly checks. If your computer gets the first, the Americans promise to give you the credit.

 

This transit of the Sun by the ISS (International Space Station) and the Space Shuttle Atlantis was captured on September 17th (2006) from the area of Mamers, Normandie, France by Thierry Legault, www.astrophoto.fr.
Atlantis (left) was undocked (50 minutes prior) from the ISS in preparation for its return to Earth, and is about 200 meters distant from the Station. Travelling at a speed of 7.4 kilometres per second, they completed the transit in 0.6 seconds.
   
Move closer to 'Space' whilst touring the South Island of New Zealand

Picture Postcards from Space
 

In anticipation of space travel you could make up postcards using the stunning images from the Hubbell Telescope website

Earth - "far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the galaxy".

September 2013

More successful tests Vigin Galactic

 

 

Commercial Flight Update

Virgin Galactic has finally got the green light to attempt supersonic rocket-powered Space ShipTwo flights at the end of the year.

The millionaire transporter has got an experimental launch permit from the US Federal Aviation Administration for the ship and its carrier aircraft, the White Knight Two, the space biz announced.

The pair have already done some flying together but haven't done any rocket-powered flight yet.

The White Knight Two has done 80 test flights and the SS2 has been up 16 times, including three tests that checked out the craft's re-entry system. Virgin have also fired the tyre-rubber-and-laughing-gas-powered rocket in 10 tests, successfully completing full duration burns, but this is the first time they'll be strapping it on the SS2 for a test fire.

Scaled Composites, the spacecraft builder, will fly the SS2 a couple of more times with the unlit rocket aboard to ensure the ship works well with the extra weight. In the meantime, integration of the rocket's components through the summer before a full blasting flight expected towards the end of the year.

The SS2, which can carry six passengers and two pilots, is based on Scaled's SpaceShipOne, which won the $10m Ansari X Prize in 2004 for the first privately funded human spaceflights.

So far, Virgin Galactic, owned by Brit billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson and Abu Dhabi government investment firm Aabar Investments, has signed up 500 passengers to their space joyrides, including celebs like Ashton Kutcher and Angelina Jolie and scientists like Stephen Hawking and James Lovelock, famous for proposing the Gaia theory. ®

 

Commercial Flight Update

Virgin Galactic space tourism venture plans to begin its maiden voyage into space in 2013, with its test flights currently underway and rocket powered tests scheduled to start next year.

Sir Richard Branson’s space tourism venture hopes to commence the service in a couple of years, however a date has not been set as the firms commercial director Stephen Attenborough said that “its customers safety is paramount”, the BBC reported.

"This is a programme that can't have a hard-end date as safety is the number one priority," Mr Attenborough said.

"Our foot is flat on the gas, we have proven technology, we have a spaceport that opened last week, and the test flight programme is well advanced, I don't think you can ask for a lot more from a programme like this.”

In response to a recent article describing the 2013 launch as “yet another delay” Mr Attenborough said “A delay is strange word, and there is no delay."

Mr Attenborough said despite all of the 500 or so future space travellers being eager to take off into space, no one was pressing for an early flight.

"They are willing to put a large amount of money up front because they trust us, because they know we will only take them to space if it's safe to do so," he said.

Mr Attenborough said that Keith Colmer, a former Air Force test pilot has been chosen out of over 500 applicants to join the venture’s chief pilot David Mackay.

For around US200,000 passengers are offered five minutes of weightlessness for the 2.5 hour flights.

 

Best skiing in space is on Saturnian ice moon Enceladus

Anyone who'd like to ski in space should head for Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, according to boffins who've discovered that the superfine ice crystals coating the moon's surface would be perfect powder for skiing. "Bulky space suits and extremely low gravity aside (the surface gravity there is only roughly 1 per cent that of Earth's), the particles themselves are only a fraction of a millimetre in size, roughly a micron or two across, even finer than talcum powder. This would make for the finest powder a skier could hope for," said Dr Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas, who presented the results at the EPSC-DPS* Joint Meeting 2011 in France today.

The sweet slopes have helped proved the theory that ice particles blown in flurries on the moon fall in a predictable pattern and that the heat source driving the plumes of ice has lasted millennia.

Instruments aboard the Cassini orbiter took global and high resolution mapping images of Enceladus, showing how and where this fallout of fine ice particles lands on the surface. The plumes aren't blowing around a whole pile of snowy stuff, in fact getting 100m deep requires a few tens of millions of years or so. This tells the boffins that the heat source driving the flurries is similarly long-lived; if it wasn't, the E-ring around Saturn formed by ejected particles from the plumes would dissipate in tens of thousands of years.

Apart from discovering its potential as a ski resort, the patterns of fallen snow on the moon will also help scientists understand the internal heating mechanism driving the plumes, and the insulating properties of the moon's surface. They'll get more evidence to help their study of the phenomenon in 2012 and 2015, when Cassini passes Enceladus again. Ref B Parnell

 

Most expensive hotel in universe unveiled

To boldly go where no tourist has been before will set you back hundreds of thousands of pounds, but it will give you endless bragging rights down your local pub.

The first space hotel, with room for just seven guests (sleeping upright) is expected to welcome its first visitors from 2016.

Floating 350kms above the earth, the hotel will be pretty basic - no ensuites, no showers and yet it will cost Au$150,000 for a short break, making it the most expensive boutique hotel in the universe. Instead of freeze-dried “astronaut food”, guests will be served braised veal cheeks with wild mushrooms, white bean puree, potato soup and plum compote - squeeze tubes of course!

Toilet ablutions will be interesting. Add to the packing list 'personal connecting devices'. Remember, one size might not fit all!

However, it will offer the best ever views. There'll be no excursions, no smoking, no drinking and only a TV and the internet for entertainment, but the Russian company which unveiled its plans for the first space hotel this week promised it would be more comfortable than the International Space Station. The flight is likely to set holidaymakers back a further Au$1,000,000.

 

Virgin Group subsidiary, Virgin Galactic has posted a job search, seeking pilot-astronauts to work on the spaceline.

The space carrier placed a job description on the Virgin website earlier this month and is hoping to recruit space-pilots with customer service skills, requesting they deliver “a sub-orbital spaceflight service to Virgin Galactic Customer-Astronauts which is as safe and enjoyable as possible”.

With applications closing by the end of this month, the first of the recruits will commence his or her new role with Virgin Galactica in June this year and will “support the ongoing flight test program of the spaceflight system”.

Other recruits will be drafted as the spaceline nears its goal to launch commercial activities.

The successful candidate will be a US citizen, a team player, a diver flying background with a minimum of 3,000 recorded flying hours in a large multi-engine aircraft as well as a high performance fast jet. 

Think you are qualified? Visit the Virgin careers page for more information.

prior spaceflight experience is an advantage”.
 

By by Matt Burns (Crunchgear) on April 12, 2011

30 years ago today the Space Shuttle Columbia blasted off on the first shuttle mission. Two missions ended in disaster, but a total of five different shuttles spent a collective 1289 days in space over 132 missions. The program is set for retirement after Atlantis’ final voyage later this month. The three remaining shuttles, along with the Enterprise prototype, are going to need cozy homes.

Of course every museum around the US wants one, but there are only four shuttles to go around with one already reserved for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The shuttles new homes are to cover the $28.8 million cost of prepping and transporting the massive shuttles, but those costs should be easily recovered with ticket sales. NASA has been talking with suitors for the last few months and used the historic anniversary to announce the winners.
 


 

Space Shuttle Discovery

Somber fact about the Discovery: After her final space mission this past March, she became the only original Shuttle to survive her final launch and landing unlike the Challenger and Columbia. She’s going to end up at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum to replace the Enterprise prototype.

Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Atlantis first took off from Kennedy Space Centre in April of 1985 and flew for the last time on May 14, 2010. She logged 120 million miles over 32 missions. Her final destination will be in Florida at the Kennedy Space Centre after NASA removes all the dangerous fluids and equipment.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Save a disaster, the youngest Space Shuttle Endeavour is on her way to the California Science Center in Los Angeles after flying her Space Shuttle mission later this month.

Enterprise prototype

The Enterprise is to be moved from its current home at the Smithsonian to the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum located on Manhattan’s West Side. While it never actually reached outer space, the Enterprise conducted upper atmosphere test flights and actually flew over New York City in 1983. Likewise, NYC itself never had a major historical claim to the Shuttle like several other vying locations, but the 1943 warship museum does pull in close to a million visitors a year and helped recovery early NASA launch vehicles.
 

28/01/2011

500 Volunteers for one way trip to Mars!

500 people have volunteered to boldly go where no one has gone before … and not come back.

An article by the Journal of Cosmology, outlining how a privately-funded, one-way mission to Mars could depart as soon as 20 years from now, has prompted more than 500 readers to volunteer as colonists on the red planet, FoxNews.com reported.

According to the website, an interplanetary trip to Mars could take as little as 10 months, but returning would be virtually impossible. "I've had a deep desire to explore the universe ever since I was a child and understood what a rocket was," volunteer and father of three, Peter Greaves said. "I envision life on Mars to be stunning, frightening, lonely, quite cramped and busy."

Other volunteers include a 69-year old computer programmer, a college student at Texas A&M, a 45-year-old nurse and a pastor of the Methodist Church, FoxNews.com reported."It's going to be a very long period of isolation and confinement," psychology professor Albert Harrison said.
"After the excitement of blast-off, and after the initial landing on Mars, it will be very difficult to avoid depression. According to the website, the volunteers believe they would be able to handle the psychological issues involved with the mission.

"At first we thought the e-mails were a joke, that volunteers were not serious,” the Journal of Cosmology editor Lana Tao said. “Then we received more and more with men giving their reasons and qualifications, and we realized they were completely serious."
 

29/10/2010
Virgin Galactica Opens Worlds first Public Space Port.

Space tourism has taken one step closer to reality with the opening of the world’s first commercial spaceport in New Mexico, USA. Spaceport America is the world’s first ever facility designed specifically to launch commercial space flights. It will be used by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

The first flight to space is expected to be in 18 months.

The opening of Spaceport America comes less than two weeks after Virgin successfully completed the first solo flight of Spaceship Two, the aircraft they hope to take commercial passengers into space with. The facility includes a three km runway designed to handle a wide variety aircraft.

The prestigious opening was marked with a flyby of an aircraft carrying Spaceship Two.



 

17/05/2010

Star Trek Live, a new interactive stage show based on the science-fiction franchise, will make its debut at Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex on 11 June. The 30-minute live performance caters to space fans of all ages featuring cutting edge special effects, audience interaction and an exploration of space-age technology. Located just 45 minutes east of Orlando, Florida., Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex welcomes 1.5 million guests from around the world every year. Star Trek Live will be presented five times a day at the facility’s 300-seat Astronaut Encounter Theatre. The show will be open daily and is included with regular admission to Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.

 

22 March 2010: Virgin Galactic this week has announced that it has successfully completed its first ever "Captive Carry" flight, with its SpaceShipTwo shuttle taking to the skies under the wings of its mother-ship White Knight Two. Taking place over the skies of the Mojave Dessert in California on Monday, Virgin Galactic reported the successful test flight which took two hours and 54 minutes.

"Today was another major step along that road and a testament to US engineering and innovation," said Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic Founder, on the day of the launch. "Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for us."

Burt Rutan, Mojave-based aircraft maker Scaled Composites lead designer, adds, "The captive carry flight signifies the start of what we believe will be extremely exciting and successful spaceship flight test program." When trials are complete, Virgin Galactic aims to take paying travellers to space through the shuttle and booster system.  With the completion of these captive tests, the next hurdle will be independent glide tests prior to the start of commercial services.

 

31/03/2009

New Star Trek Movie and the Trekkie town of Vulcan Alberta in Canada!

16/02/2009

Save money and look for Aliens on Earth

Alien life may be thriving on Earth, a major science conference has heard. The BBC has reported that our planet may harbour forms of “weird life” may be hidden in toxic arsenic lakes or in boiling deep sea hydrothermal vents. Professor Paul Davies, a physicist at Arizona State University, has called on scientists to launch a “mission to Earth” by trawling hostile environments for signs of bio-activity. “We don't have to go to other planets to find weird life,” Professor Davies said. “It is entirely reasonable to expect we will find a shadow biosphere here on Earth, but nobody has actually taken the trouble to look.”

Comet Between Fireworks and Lightning
Image Credit & Copyright: Antti Kemppainen

Explanation: Sometimes the sky itself is the best show in town. In January 2007, people from Perth, Australia gathered on a local beach to watch a sky light up with delights near and far. Nearby, fireworks exploded as part of Australia Day celebrations. On the far right, lightning from a thunderstorm flashed in the distance. Near the image center, though, seen through clouds, was the most unusual sight of all: Comet McNaught. The photogenic comet was so bright that it even remained visible though the din of Earthly flashes. Comet McNaught has now returned to the outer Solar System and is now only visible with a large telescope. The above image is actually a three photograph panorama digitally processed to reduce red reflections from the exploding firework.
 

02/07/2008

Russian deal paves way for space tourism

The Russian space agency has sealed a deal with a private investor to build a Soyuz spacecraft specially for tourist hire to be operational in 2011.
"We have concluded an agreement with an investor to begin financing such a Soyuz vessel with an anticipated launch date of 2011," a statement on the Roskosmos website stated. The craft, piloted by a professional astronaut, is designed to carry two so-called space adventurers.

A Roskosmos spokesman refused to identify the investor despite the agency having signed a deal in June with private American company Space Adventures for a commercial flight to the International Space Station. Set up in 2001, Space Adventures has already sent five tourists into space on board a Soyuz. The firm has been in negotiations with Roskosmos to rent the third seat on board a ship which regularly ferries Russian and American astronauts to the ISS.

American Dennis Tito, South African Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen of the United States, Iranian-born Anousheh Ansari and Hungarian-born Charles Simonyi are the five who have each paid up to $US25 million ($26 million) for the thrill of a lifetime. The next independent space traveller is Richard Garriott, an American electronic games entrepreneur and son of former astronaut Owen Garriott. His flight is due to take off in October.

17/10/2007

$200G gets space tourists to zero G

bostonherald.com

Virgin Atlantic Airways founder Richard Branson says his planned 2009 launch of $200,000 space-tourism flights will mark “a whole new era for space travel.”
“You’ll go from (zero) to 4,000 miles an hour in 10 seconds - which will be quite a ride,” Branson said in a speech to the Mortgage Bankers Association, which is holding its annual convention in Boston. The flamboyant billionaire - known for hot-air balloon trips and other adventures - is building five spaceships for Virgin Galactic, his planned space-trip unit. He’s also developing a spaceport in the New Mexico desert.

Branson plans to take his wife, children and elderly parents on the first flight in about 18 months. “We’re having a family voyage, and then we’ll open up (our) beautiful spaceport (to customers),” Branson said, adding that he hopes to eventually add space hotels and 30-minute New York-to-Australia rocket trips. Virgin Galactic plans to strap an eight-person spacecraft to a large “mother ship” that will carry the vessel 60,000 feet into the air. From there, rocket engines will boost the spaceship the remaining 55 miles into the cosmos. After six minutes in zero gravity, the vessel will slowly descend back to Earth.

Total trip time: About 2 1/2 hours. MIT professor Laurence Young, who served as a backup astronaut on a 1993 space-shuttle mission, sees $200,000 for a 2 1/2 hour voyage as a good deal. Young said shuttle missions cost NASA an estimated $300 million to $1 billion a pop.

“The people who are going to get the most out of it are those who invest the most - and I don’t mean money, I mean intellectual investment,” Young said. “It’s fun to have your picture taken floating around, but what will truly be fascinating is getting the chance to appreciate the importance of gravity.” Virgin Galactic has already taken dozens of reservations, with patrons reportedly including actress Sigourney Weaver and Star Trek’s William Shatner.

Can’t afford $200,000?

Branson said he hopes to create a reality TV series where one winner will receive a free trip into space. Or, Virgin Atlantic passengers can use frequent-flier miles - although Branson admitted you’ll need “about a million miles” to qualify for a free space trip.

23/08/2007

Time Travel - the theory shows a possibility.
But why do we not see time tourists in our own time?

 

14/08/2007
Space hotel to open in five years

A report in Hotel TravelNews says that the first hotel in space has been unveiled by a Barcelona-based architect, with The Galactic Suite opening for business in 2012, allowing guests to travel around the world in 80 minutes.

The Galactic Suite will be the most expensive hotel room to-date, costing $4 million for a three-day stay and during this time guests will see the sun rise 15 times a day.

"It is the bathrooms in zero gravity that are the biggest challenge," says company director Xavier Claramunt.

Reservations will begin next year for the aluminium vessel made of five modules, which is to be launched by rockets into space and the Galactic Suite already has private investors from the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

Guests will be able to participate in scientific experiments during their stay in the hotel, 450 km from earth and the operators estimate that some 40,000 people will be able to buy a Galactic-Suite ticket.

13/12/2006

Poll finds one-third of Asians would be space tourists

HONG KONG - A new CNN/TIME poll conducted last month by market research group TNS reveals that even though man still cannot cure the common cold, almost two thirds of people in Asia (59 per cent) believe that expenditure on space exploration is justified.

Of the eleven markets polled, those who most strongly support the venture into space are Korea (83 percent), Hong Kong (73 percent), and Thailand (72 percent). Those where it is believed by the majority to be a waste of resources are Indonesia (56 percent), the Philippines (51 percent).

The poll comes off the back of CNN Future Summit, a recent discussion program from Singapore featuring guests including astronaut and second man on the moon, Dr Buzz Aldrin, and recent space tourist Anousheh Ansari who debated the issues of space travel with first hand experience.

On average two-thirds (66 per cent) of respondents would be interested in taking a trip into space. If money were no object, 49 per cent of Indians said they would be very interested in becoming a space tourist, alongside 46 per cent of Thais, 44 per cent of Singaporeans and 43 per cent of Hong Kong citizens.

11/12/2006

Los Angeles-Based Company To Design Spacesuits For Space Tourists

Los Angeles, CA (AHN) - The new Los Angeles-based company Orbital Outfitters on Thursday announced its plans to design outfits for space tourists and crew members. The company also aims to lease spacesuits and other equipment to private rocketeers.

According to the company's website, "The Mission of Orbital Outfitters is to provide affordable, industrial-quality spacesuits and related services to commercial and government space travelers and explorers."

The company plans to launch its first spacesuits in 2007 for crews of the California-based rocket-powered vehicle company XCOR. Additionally, it plans to lease custom-fitted suits to the first mass of space tourists.
According to Reuters, Orbital Outfitters president Rick Tumlinson said, "When someone puts on an IS3 (sub-orbital spacesuit), they will be protected by the best technology we can muster, yet they will look like they've stepped off the set of a science fiction movie."

"With billionaires funding the new space companies and passengers paying up to $200,000 for a ride, safety is important. We intend to also make it chic," Tumlinson added. The company says that by next two years, spacesuit fashion will be the most talked about thing in the space-tourism industry. Spacesuit designs are still in nascent stages, but they will look more or less like Grand Prix or NASCAR jumpsuits and will feature the colors and logos of the rocket firm on which the passenger is flying.

The company has prioritized safety as the main concern in designing and creating the spacesuits, which will help protect the space tourists from extreme cold, a lack of air and atmospheric pressure. Additionally, they will provide life-support functions for 30 minutes at 500,000 feet, or 95 miles, high. The cost for leasing a suit is about $3,000 to 6,000 per trip.
 

13 November 2006
Space Travel Price drops!!

The price for space travel has recently dropped, with a deposit of GBP5,250 now and a total sum of GBP13 million later, any would-be astronaut can view the world from 62 miles above the Earth. Tom Shelley, Space Adventures Vice President said, “There is a Space Race – up to 15 companies developing vehicles to do sub-orbital trips.

“Ours is called the Explorer and will carry five passengers. We don’t feel we are adding to climate change and carbon gases because the craft will piggy-back in orbit and the advantages to be gained long term in resource and technology and energy is for the good of humanity. “The mineral potential to be mined on some asteroids exceeds 20 trillion dollars. It might sound space fiction but it is a reality.” The itinerary for the trip includes ten days of weightlessness, eight of them spent on the space station.  As well, travellers will need some time on their hands so they can spend months in Russia training for the event.

Mr Shelley does admit that the prices are prohibitive, and it will take many many more private initiatives before the prices drop.  New venture capitalists are entering the market though, and the enterprise is gaining more ground in more markets than just the uber-rich. “It is so important to us. Space exploration is critical. Tourism can help lower the costs and it is vital for the future of mankind as a whole. It needs thousands of launches to make it more financially viable, safer and cheaper,” he said.

“Space technology can become the future of transportation. Being able to move from point to point on Earth while leaving the atmosphere could dramatically reduce transport times. Our own ecological problems and environmental issues we face show that there is a definite potential for Space being a safe haven.”


Space Centre to Open

Kennedy Space Centre, FL – 45 years ago, Alan Shepard launched from Florida to become the first American astronaut in space. Visitors from around the world can also explore and feel the sensation of blasting into Earth’s orbit from the place where the U.S. space exploration program began: Kennedy Space Centre. Visitors can experience the thrilling simulation that impacts their body, mind and soul and, forever gives them a sense of connection to the Space Shuttle program.

The space centre opens late spring in 2007. The 44,000 square foot Shuttle Launch Experience will be the most technologically advanced, using a sophisticated motion-based platform, special effects seats, and high fidelity visual and audio to be ever created at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex. A team of astronauts, NASA experts and designers conceive this authentic simulation attraction like no other in the world. The $60 million attraction is financed through Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex admission, food and retail revenue. “The Shuttle Launch Experience will leave a lasting impression on any person who craves the adventure of real space flight,” said Daniel Leblanc, Chief Operating Officer of Kennedy Space Centre Visitor Complex.

The Space Shuttle program provides stories of NASA astronauts and the sensations of the launch and building the excitement and anticipation for a visitor’s first journey beyond the bonds of Earth. The journey begins as visitors enter the astronaut testimonials, where they are describing the excitement and curiosity for what lies ahead including the exhilarating and thrilling moments of the unforgettable sensation of the launch. “Just don’t get too comfortable and be ready for anything” describes, Rick Searfoss, a Space Shuttle Astronaut. There is a technical explanation of a Space Shuttle launch with the “3…2…1…lift off”. Visitors enter the combination of large projection screens and plasma screens; follow by the dramatic atmospheric, sound and lighting effects including floor “rumblers” and fog.  Visitors are then entering the crew module in the shuttle’s payload bay and strap-in for launch designed by NASA and Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts and its consultants. The effects programmed maneuvers, multiple video screens to show different views of the mission, advanced audio effects and special effects seats. The shuttle is ready to take off while the visitors are sinking into their seats. As the Shuttle orbiter enters outer space, the cargo bay doors open to reveal a beautiful view of the earth. Visitors can look back at their home planet from space. Then crew members unbuckle their seat belts and make their way back into the real world. After this experience, visitors will never view a launch in the same way.

Frequent Flyer Points for Space Travel. It is happening!! Branson does it again!!!

“Galactic Atlantic is on its way to becoming the world’s first commercial spaceline,” said Branson who is chair of both Galactic and Virgin Atlantic.
The trip will cost “US$200,000, initially” and will take-off “13 months from now”, he said. Galactic expects the price to fall over time.
The company has earmarked US$250 million for building five spaceships and the construction of space ports.
At the same venue, it was also announced that Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic are joining forces to allow their frequent flyers to convert “earthly miles into space miles and earn themselves a trip to space.” Members will need two million Flying Club miles on Virgin to redeem a trip with Galactic into space.

 

Meanwhile please note we do get email enquiries about space travel - check this one out.

Received 06/07/2002

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