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Saturday, January 13, 2007

ESA Funds Starchaser Space Tourist Plan for Thunderstar

The European Space Agency (ESA) has awarded Starchaser PLC of Manchester, England a nearly $194,000 contract to make an assessment of its THUNDERSTAR / STARCHASER space tourism reusable spacecraft. The award is to determine the feasibility of the spacecraft and rocket to meet the expectations of suborbital space tourists.

Starchaser expects to start launching tourists to suborbotal space from Spaceport America in the Southern New Mexico high desert by late 2009 and be among a mere handful of space launch tourist firms.

ESA's Survey of European Privately-Funded Vehicles for Commercial Human Space Flight was initiated last July as a means to stimulate European aerospace firm interest in technology innovation and the epected demand for space tourism.

"Project Enterprise" is also underway in Europe as a part of the European Space Tourism project.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm, too bad this spaceport won't be built since the local government wants to impose a tax on the three adjacent counties. These counties' population is composed largely of low-income families who will most likely never enjoy the benefits of the spaceport.