Chinese travelers will be able to take space trips by the end of 2014 thanks to a deal signed on Friday in Beijing between a Chinese travel agency and Netherlands-based space tourism firm Space Expedition Corporation (SXC), China Daily reported over the weekend. Travelers will pay a minimum of 580,000 yuan (US$95,000) to board the Lynx Mark I spacecraft produced by the US private aerospace company XCOR, Zhang Yong, chief executive of Dexo Travel, a Chinese travel agency focusing on high-end travelers, was quoted as saying. The Lynx Mark I spacecraft, which is expected to begin flights in the fourth quarter of 2014, will take participants into sub-space to a height of 60 kilometers. The Lynx Mark II spacecraft, which is expected to start flights in 2015, will take participants into space to a height of 103 km, Alex Tang, CEO of SXC Asia, was quoted as saying.
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