Archive for the ‘Space Tourism’ Category

Space, the next frontier — for Hillary Clinton?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

She has been the US secretary of state, a senator and nearly became president, but Hillary Clinton joked Thursday that she might want to try another role — space tourist.

Astronaut Leroy Chiao on the End of the Space Shuttle Program and the Future of Space Pleasure Cruises

Sunday, July 3rd, 2011

On July 8, NASA will launch the Space Shuttle Atlantis into orbit for the final time, effectively ending the 30-year-old space shuttle program with a big, eardrum-shattering boom.

Space hotel to be built soon

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

A space hotel is to open near the International Space Station (ISS). Four of its comfortable rooms will accommodate seven space tourists, who will be able to stay there for up to six months.

Carribbean Island to Offer Rides Into Space

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

XCOR Aerospace is teaming up with the southern Caribbean island of Curacao to develop a space port for future suborbital tourist and scientific flights. The agreement is with the territorial government of Curacao and a group of Dutch investors with the hopes of offering flights in 2014.

Boeing commercial crew project depends on NASA funding

Friday, September 24th, 2010

It’s a unique partnership: Boeing will design and build the spacecraft, and Space Adventures will sell seats on flights to low Earth orbit. When this idea might become reality depends on whether Congress provides NASA with enough funds to promote commercial spaceflight.

Boeing says it’s entering space tourism business

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Boeing says it’s getting into the space tourism business, an influential endorsement by the world’s largest commercial aircraft builder of efforts in Congress and by President Barack Obama to significantly increase funding for commercial spaceflight.

Oh Gee: Weightless Flight with James Cameron Goes Up for Bid

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Three bidders will have the chance to join filmmaker James Cameron in a state of weightlessness aboard an upcoming plane flight, in an auction to fund high-tech competitions offered by the X Prize Foundation.


Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Disturbing news out of Mojave, Calif., this morning: The carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic’s suborbital passenger spaceship was damaged yesterday when its left main landing gear collapsed on the runway.

Scientists Learning What to Expect in Space

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Civilians may soon be able to take space trips, with companies like Virgin Galactic and Armadillo Aerospace developing spacecraft that would offer brief tours just shy of Earth orbit.

Space Tourists

Sunday, May 2nd, 2010

During the height of the Soviet era, when Sputnik made the Empire’s space program a bona fide threat to that of the United States, rockets were launched into space on a nearly weekly basis.

To the Moon and back

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

Russia is designing a new spaceship that will allow more space tourists to accompany cosmonauts on their missions. RT talked to the head of Russia’s leading spaceship-manufacturer to learn more.

New Nat Geo Series to Spotlight Space Tourism

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

National Geographic Channel is presenting a new four-part documentary, to be produced by Darlow Smithson Productions over a two-year period, which follows entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson and aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan as they launch the first commercial spaceline.

Space tourism is not a hoax: an open letter to Heinz Pfeffer

Monday, December 14th, 2009

I was surprised to see the Space News op-ed by yourself and Frederick Engstrom, “Space Tourism is a Hoax”. My surprise arises from your having been the ESA manager for a study that my company carried out on the feasibility of our Spacecab orbital spaceplane in 1993-4

A ‘passion’ for space travel

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Anousheh Ansari made headlines in 2006 when she paid $20m (£14m) to become the world’s first female space tourist.

Next Stop For Tech Entrepreneurs: Space Travel

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Microsoft software pioneer Charles Simonyi’s second flight to the International Space Station is the latest trend for executives with deep pockets.

Fame’s Final Frontier

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The rich and the famous will be lining up for rides when suborbital space tourism finally kicks into gear. But what about the people who made it all possible? XCOR Aerospace’s “Legacy Flight” program will send some of those unsung heroes to the final frontier … for free. Over the weekend, XCOR awarded the program’s first ticket to an 89-year-old Tuskegee Airman.

The Trip Was So Nice, He’s Going Up Twice: Q&A With a Billionaire Space Tourist

Monday, February 16th, 2009

In April 2007, Charles Simony became the fifth space tourist to visit the International Space Station. Soon, he’ll be the first to make two trips.

Florida’s aerospace agency flounders

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Gov. Charlie Crist, military brass and political elites went to Cape Canaveral in October to dedicate the signature achievement of the state’s fledgling aerospace-development agency — a multimillion-dollar future launchpad they hoped would grow into an international hub of private space flight.

Space-tourism deal spurs state investigation

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

Last year, Brice Harris, an employee in Gov. Charlie Crist’s tourism and economic-development office, shepherded a deal to give a Panhandle sports-medicine clinic a $500,000 contract to train tourists for the rigors of spaceflight. Then in August, shortly after the project had been provisionally approved by agencies that included Brevard-based Space Florida, Harris resigned his $70,000-a-year state job — to take a job overseeing the project for the company he had helped get it.

Virgin Galactic denies reports of problems with space tourism project

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company has denied claims that the one of the craft in its space tourism project is suffering difficulties with its rudder.