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Branson unveils space tourism jet


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The British business tycoon Richard Branson has unveiled an aircraft in the US that will be used for his project to launch tourists into space.

The high-altitude jet will act as the mothership for a spacecraft, releasing it in mid-air to take two crew and six passengers on sub-orbital flights.

More than 250 people have already paid $200,000 (?100,000) each to be among the first making the tourist trips.

Mr Branson predicts the maiden space voyage will take place in 18 months.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7529978.stm

Never have I wanted something quite so much! Sadly, unless the wax cylinder goes platinum or I win the lottery, it ain't gonna happen.

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Never have I wanted something quite so much! Sadly, unless the wax cylinder goes platinum or I win the lottery, it ain't gonna happen.

I signed up the day it was announced at Virgin Galactic but they hadn't yet offered a price. Then I got the request for a ?100,000 deposit which was towards the special price of ?200,000 for the first to sign up. I bowed out due to the extra zeros. I was expecting a big number but there was an extra zero I hadn't planned on, and no amount of loans, begging, or borrowing was going to cover the difference :(

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