The Netherlands-based Space Expedition Corp. (SXC) is offering a chance of a lifetime for mainland Chinese to experience the ultimate in travel and adventure for a “bargain price” of US$100,000.
The firm acts as the sales agent of US spaceflight developer XCOR Aerospace, which plans to launch the maiden voyage of its commercial space vehicle Lynx Mark in the second half of 2015. The Dutch startup is promoting the flight in Asia, particularly in China where there are hundreds of millionaires who can afford the fare, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing SXC president Michiel Mol.
SXC follows in the steps of rival Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight company of British billionaire Richard Branson, whose SpaceShip is scheduled to blast off in the second half of this year, with a tour costing US$250,000 per passenger, according to the newspaper. A flight aboard Lynx Mark, on the other hand, will cost less than half, and take space travelers into sub-space, some 100 kilometers above the earth’s sea level, allowing them to view the “blue planet” and experience zero gravity — for about five to six minutes.
Globally, about 250 customers have booked a flight aboard Lynx Mark, the report said.
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