Magazine article ASEE Prism

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Magazine article ASEE Prism

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EADS ASTRIUM

Resembling a corporate jet but powered by rocket engines, the space plane of this European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. subsidiary will hurtle passengers 60 miles into space for several minutes of weightlessness and spectacular views of Earth, the company promises. The first flight is set for 2012 at a reported cost of $240,000 or more per tourist. The company projects a total market of 20,000 space travelers by the year 2020.

VIRGIN GALACTIC

As entrepreneur Richard Branson's latest venture, Virgin Galactic aims to launch tourists on its sixpassenger SpaceShipTwo by 2010. Already, more than 250 people have paid $200,000 upfront for the privilege. Virgin is teaming with the New Mexico government, Foster + Partners architects and URS Corporation engineers to construct an eco-friendly desert spaceport, right. …

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