Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Space Tourism At Last

The ships Virgin Galactic and possibly others will be using for tourist trips to space won't be based on SpaceShipOne's design but instead upon a new design Burt Rutan is going to develop over the next three years called SpaceShipTwo, which will basically be SpaceShipOne scaled up to carry an extra two passengers for a total of five (one pilot and four tourists.) If everyone's plans work out, within 4 years a trip to space will cost between $90,000 and $200,000 USD.

If even those ridiculously low prices (compared to the $20,000,000 USD which has been paid in the past) are out of your budget, don't worry: 7-UP will be giving away at least one free ride.

Yes folks, after fifty years of "someday" promises, semi-affordable space tourism will be a reality before the close of the decade.


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