Strapped in, flat on their backs, passengers will accelerate to 4000km/h in just 25 seconds. For no more than five minutes they will float about, 130km above planet Earth. On-board lavatory and in-flight drinks? Not a chance. And the price for this brief excursion? Ј110,000 ($29,860).
Richard Branson, the master of combining publicity coups with redrawing aviation boundaries, yesterday unveiled his latest project to redefine air travel - the first commercial space flights.
By 2007, the British billionaire plans to offer five wealthy &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/cis/2002/04/10/27468.html' target=_blank>space tourists at a time the chance to take three-hour trips on a fleet of rocket-powered craft that will take them into space but stop short of going into orbit.
Never one to understate his &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/politics/2002/03/04/26763.html' target=_blank>ambitions, Branson said he hoped to add a space hotel to his portfolio within his lifetime and maybe even fly to the moon, wrote New Zealnad Herald.
The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation put the head of the contractor company of Russia's space corporation Roskosmos, Sergei Slastikhin, on international wanted list
"Washington operators of the sanctions machine ought to get acquainted with the history of Russia, to stop the unnecessary fussing," spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry said