Commercial space tourism industry!

December 9, 2009 at 10:07 AM (Machines!)

Eve Unveiled

On Monday 7th December Virgin Galactic unveiled SpaceShipTwo to the world at Mojave Spaceport, California. 800 press, future astronauts and VIP guests gathered in the desert for a press conference and to view the roll out of the world’s first commercial spaceline.

The project, with a US$450 million (RM1.5 billion) budget, would see the construction of six commercial spaceships that would take pessengers high enough to achieve weightlessness and see the curvature of Earth set against the backdrop of space.  A twin-hulled aircraft would carry SpaceShipTwo to an altitude of about 18,288m before releasing it. The spaceship would then fire its onboard rockets engines, climbing to about 104km above Earth. The trip would take about 2 1/2 hours, with passengers experiencing about five minutes of weightlessnes.

Menurut Virgin Galactic, harga setiap tiket untuk penerbangan menghampiri orbit bumi itu ialah US$200, 000 (RM678, 599). Insya-ALLAH satu hari nanti aku akan dapat merasa pengalaman tersebut, Amin.

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