Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rocketplane Offers '07 Space Flight for $99,500

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Rocketplane Offers '07 Space Flight for $99,500

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In preparing for your next suborbital space flight, there's no time like the present. Reservations now are being accepted for Oklahoma's inaugural 2007 flight, and all for just $99,500.

Oklahoma-based Rocketplane Ltd. is developing a commercial space vehicle that will depart from the Oklahoma Spaceport in Burns Flat, taking travelers 100 kilometers above the Earth.

Rocketplane on Monday said it had signed a marketing agreement with Incredible Adventures, a Sarasota, Fla.-based company offering supersonic MiG flights. Officials at Incredible Adventures said suborbital space travelers will fly in the order in which they sign up.

We've been looking for a company capable of fulfilling the space dreams of our clients for more than a decade, said Jane Reifert, Incredible Adventures president. We're confident we've found that company in Rocketplane Limited Inc. I've met the engineers. I've seen their facilities. It takes a lot to impress me, but the Rocketplane team has.

Incredible Adventures has been selling space adventures since 1993, and offers hands-on training at Russia's Cosmonaut Training Center, zero-gravity flights in Moscow and Fort Lauderdale and high- altitude flights in Russia and South Africa.

Incredible Adventures is a world-renowned leader in marketing high-adventure programs, said George French, president and chief executive officer of Rocketplane. We have been very impressed with the quality of work they perform and look forward to a long and plentiful relationship.

Richard Branson's Virgin Group also will offer suborbital space travel in 2007. However, the three-hour trip will be a bit more pricey at $190,000.

Rocketplane XP Spaceplane is a four-seat, fighter-sized vehicle powered by two jet engines and a rocket engine, enabling it to reach suborbital space in a cost-effective manner. It is designed to operate from traditional airfields and within aviation rules and practices for experimental and commercial aircraft. …

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