Monday, September 27, 2004

A big week for Spaceflight

As if Scaled Composite's first official X-Prize flight to space weren't enough (the launch is scheduled for this Wednesday morning at 6:00am PDT), Burt Rutan and Virgin Group announced this morning that they will be building a spacecraft derived from SpaceShipOne to use for commercial space flight.

Under the name Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson is planning to fly paying passengers to the edge of space for around $208.000 each, starting in 2007.

If that's a little pricey for you, perhaps you could just pretend you're going to space on a flight with Zero-G. For $3,000, they'll take you on their modified Boeing 727 and put the plane through several parabolic arcs, creating 25 seconds of weightlessness each time.

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