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Will space tourism take off in 2012?

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on January 4, 2012 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Perhaps more than any, space tourism is an industry where you need to have your head in the clouds and your feet planted firmly on the ground.

Quite literally lofty ambitions need a thoroughly realistic approach, but that doesn't mean that pessimism should replace the optimism felt by so many people when SpaceShipOne made its twin flights eight years ago and Richard Branson launched Virgin Atlantic. We all thought SpaceShipTwo would be making...

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Britain's first commercial astronaut books with Space Expedition Curacao

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on November 6, 2011 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (2)

Liverpudlian Anton Kreil is lined up to become Britain's first commercial astronaut on board Space Expedition Curaçao's Lynx II spaceship.

If SXC flies on schedule, 32-year-old Anton's sub-orbital spaceflight will take off in 2014 from of Curaçao in the Dutch Antilles.

The $95,000 ticket will send the investments expert and his pilot to around 100 miles above the Earth, where they will enjoy several minutes of zero-gravity and the best view m...

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News roundup: Resuable SpaceX, new Mars simulation, Virgin's new pilot and Bigelow layoffs

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on November 6, 2011 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

In space tourism news this week:

  • SpaceX to develop fully reusable launch system and more
  • Russia proposes Mars mission simulation on ISS
  • Virgin Galactic recruits first commercial space pilot
  • Bigelow Aerospace lays off half of workforce


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News roundup: Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and SXC

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on October 23, 2011 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

In space tourism news this week:

  • Virgin Galactic opens Spaceport America facilities
  • SpaceX completes launch escape design review
  • SXC launches news portal

Virgin Galactic opens hangar and terminal at Spaceport America

Charismatic Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson opened his new flight terminal and spaceship hangar at Spaceport America in New Mexic...

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SpaceX delays and Virgin Galactic retirement

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on October 8, 2011 at 10:25 AM Comments comments (0)

There was bad news for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic this week.

Space X delayed

SpaceX's maiden flight to the International Space Station has been put back by at least three weeks to December 19, and may be in 2012.

The Falcon 9 rocket was due to launch the Dragon capsule on November 30, on a second demonstration flight for the NASA COmmercial Orbital Transportation Services contract.

But Russian Soyuz and Progress flights to the ISS have...

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New on HiS: Space Expedition Curacao and Armadillo Aerospace

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on September 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Profiles of Space Expedition Curaçao and Armadillo Aerospace join A Holiday in Space today.

A week ago, I hadn't even heard of Space Expedition Curaçao (I've known about the Lynx spaceplane...

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Virgin opens FAITH flight hangar at Spaceport America

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on September 27, 2011 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Press release:

The Spaceship Company opens assembly facility at Mojave Air and Space Port to build Virgin Galactic spaceships.

The Spaceship Company (TSC), the aerospace production joint venture of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites, achieved a significant milestone in making commercial space travel a reality with September 19th’s opening of its Final Assembly, Integrat...

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Lift-off for A Holiday in Space

Posted by lx_lane@yahoo.co.uk on September 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)

Welcome to A Holiday in Space, the internet's best resource for anyone who wants to become a space tourist. 

If you're anything like me, as a child you were promised a glittering future of daily flights into orbit by the end of the 20th century. Now the 21st century is here and I don't even have a robot butler to mix my mojito, let alone a chance that my next holiday could take me into Earth orbit or further.

But I'm done cursing politicians for their lack of vision ov...

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