NASA, ESA, ISS en Civilian Space Travel
|Civilian Space Travel / Commercial Space Travel|
For those interested, it is possible to join one of the 10 days half yearly missions the International Space Station (ISS). You just need to able to pay 30 million US dollar (or 15 million US Dollar extra for an additional space walk. To expensive? For about 100,000 US dollar you can take a short trip into space (up to 100km above the earth surface). You will experience zero-grafity for 5 minutes. Zero grafity can also be experienced for 3500 dollar in the speciale G-force One airplane. There is also the possibility to train for 8000 dollar in the Soyuz Simulator trainen or try the "centrifuge" (10 G-force).
You can already book your ticket into space and so become one of the first commercial astronauts. Virgin Galactic (branch of the Virgin-concern) expects to be able to launch the first austronauts into space in their VSS Enterprise form the Majave Spaceport in 2009. The 5-persons spacecraft is the successor of the award-winning design of the SpaceShipOne. A flight will cost $200,000 and serious candidates can already reserve a seat. The down payment of this ultimate journey amounts to $20,000. This includes a several day training. This sub-orbital flight above the earth and takes two hours from start to landing.
Space Future - for everyone who'd like to travel to space. Learn why the goal of affordable travel to space for the general public is not only practical, but highly desirable.
Focusses in the development of hardware for commercial space travel. You can follow their progress in their website. They also offer zero-gravity flights from the Kennedy Space Center.
The Space Island Project will incorporate technologies, vehicles and procedures developed by NASA and Aerospace Companies over the last 25 years to create a stand-alone, commercial space infrastructure supporting the broadest possible range of manned business activities in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) 400 to 500 miles above Earth.
XCOR engages in research, development, and production of reusable rocket-powered, horizontal launch vehicles for suborbital, and ultimately, orbital travel. XCOR is a leader in the development of reliable, low-cost rocket engines.
|ESA (European Space Agency)|
|NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration)|
|ISS (International Space Station)|
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