Travelling this summer?

Sick and tired of going to Langkawi or Gold Coast year in and year out? For a change, you may want to try on this one.

See the world in a whole new light.

DUBAI — Have you ever fantasized to be an astronaut, floating listlessly in the blissful silence of space while taking a majestic view of the planet where you were born and brought up?

Here is a lifetime chance to live out that blithe fantasy. Just for $200,000 one can take a two-hour flight into the vast emptiness of space, reaching an altitude of 110km above the earth’s surface. A Dubai travel company, an accredited space office of Virgin Galactic Dubai is now offering this exhilarating celestial adventure for $200,000 per person per flight on a spaceship. And, it will cost a total of $1.2 million to charter the spacecraft that can accommodate six ‘passenger astronauts.’

The getaway involves boarding SpaceShipTwo which is attached to a mother-ship known as WhiteKnightTwo. Following a run-way take-off, the spacecraft will climb to an altitude of 50,000 feet where the spaceship will be released and the rocket ignited. The rocket burn acceleration powers the spaceship to the speed of sound in just 10 seconds, and over three times the speed of sound in under 30 seconds. The G-force surge will push the clients back into their seats as they head into the darkness of space to an altitude of 110km above the earth’s surface.

When the rocket motor shuts down, all passengers, who by this stage are officially ‘astronauts’, will experience the silence of space as they float around the large cabin in zero gravity for four minutes.

The spaceship returns to earth, passing back through the atmosphere using a unique wing feathering technology to ensure stability and to minimise heat intensity, before making a normal runway landing.

Virgin Galactic, a space tourism company set up by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, hopes to take its first batch of daring tourists to the final frontiers by the end of the decade.

~ by pickholes on July 3, 2007.

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