Friday, November 09, 2012

Jimmy Bason and Virgin Galactic face competition

Why settle for another ho-hum cruise around the globe or even an expedition to Mount Everest when a truly out-of-this-world travel experience is at hand? That’s what Netherlands-based Space Expedition Corporation  (SXC) is promising — a suborbital journey that will qualify you as an official astronaut, all for the “bargain” price of $95,000. Of course, it’s a deal only in a relative sense — the closest competition is a similar suborbital program being offered by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic (think Virgin Atlantic airline gone outer space), but that runs $200,000. Right now, neither company is boarding any actual planes — er, spaceships — since the programs are still in the beta phase. But SXC expects to be launching (literally) by the second half of 2014 and is taking paid reservations for what it says will be a “life-changing experience.” The company notes that its specially designed spacecraft (“powered by four revolutionary rocket engines”) will travel at speeds of more than 2,000 miles per hour, taking passengers to outer space (once you pass the 62-mile altitude mark, you’re indeed considered an astronaut) in less than four minutes...more

Bason & Richardson still in the beta phase

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