Monday, May 16, 2005

Another space-tourism company announces first launch date, ticket price

From AERA Corp., one of the half-dozen companies in the US right now in the burgeoning "space tourism" industry, has announced launch details for their six-seater spacecraft Altairis; their first flight is now scheduled for December 2006, and tickets will cost $250,000. And interestingly, AERA is one of the only space-tourism companies that has decided not to build their own spaceport; earlier this year, in fact, the company announced that it had made a deal with the Air Force to launch their ships from Cape Canaveral down in Florida. Would anyone like to hazard a guess on what I'll be asking for that Christmas?