Imagine if you could view the Earth 360 degrees from a fish bowl style suborbital vehicle. What would you pay for such a trip? Will $100,000 do it?
A consortium, Armadillo Aerospace, consisting of the state of New Mexico and two private companies plan to build a prototype model by 2009 and be able launched crewed flights by 2010. The vehicles will be reusable and launched from Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Funding is being provided by Rocket Racing Inc.
The video shows Armadillo Aerospace’s Modular Free Flight at the Oklahoma Spaceport last year.
Other adventurers like Richard Branson with his spacecraft ventures are also setting the trend for space tourism.