Editor's Summary

30 August 2007

Lift-off


Virgin Galactic — advertised as the world's first 'spaceline' — and other private venture launch businesses will soon be offering well-heeled tourists the chance to take a trip into space. With the company that builds the Ariane satellite launch vehicle also developing a suborbital rocketplane for the space tourism market, the prospects for space travel agents are looking up.

News FeatureSpace: Dreams of the new space race

When it was trying to catapult satellites into orbit the private launch business didn't get very far. Can it do better now that it's focused on giving the rich the ride of their life, asks David Chandler.

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