Jun
14
2007

Will you 'space out' your 2012 vacation?

Space plane: Here's an artist's rendering of what the proposed space plane would look like. (Photo courtesy of EAS Astrium)
Space plane: Here's an artist's rendering of what the proposed space plane would look like. (Photo courtesy of EAS Astrium)
It’s never too early to plan your next vacation. And I have a trip idea for you.

This week EADS Astrium in Paris announced its plans for a jet plane/rocket that will take passengers on a half-hour trip into outer space, including three minutes of weightlessness. If development plans continue on schedule, the first trips could be made in 2012.

Here’s how the planes work. They will take off from a conventional airport’s runway using standard jet engines. Once the planes get 7.5 miles in the sky, rocket engines will fire to quickly accelerate the craft. How fast? In 80 seconds the plane will be 37 miles above Earth.

You can sit here: For around $200,000 you can buy one of these seats for a 90-minute trip, which includes a half hour in space and three seconds of weightlessness. (Photo courtesy of EAS Astrium)
You can sit here: For around $200,000 you can buy one of these seats for a 90-minute trip, which includes a half hour in space and three seconds of weightlessness. (Photo courtesy of EAS Astrium)
After the rocket blast ends, the plane will coast into a space orbit that will be below satellite traffic, but above airline traffic. Four passengers will be able to ride on each trip which figures to spend about a half hour in space. The plane would then descend back into Earth’s atmosphere, jet engines would kick in and the plane would make a regular landing at an airport, about 1.5 hours after taking off.

Okay, there’s one more small piece of information I need to tell you about. The cost per passenger is estimated at between $199,000 and $265,000. You might need to save some a lot of your sofa change between now and 2012 to come up with that kind of plane fare.

More information about the project is available at www.astrium.eads.net.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Peter Griffin's picture
Peter Griffin says:

That would be cooler than the time Lois let me ride in the washing machine.

posted on Fri, 06/15/2007 - 4:17pm
azchery hastingss's picture
azchery hastingss says:

why make the suttle look like a plain the wings will brake off under the presher

posted on Tue, 07/31/2007 - 11:56am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That sounds like a LOT of money for just "90 minutes in Heaven"... Go figure. Why not just charge someone 200 grand to float on the Dead Sea and look at space pictures in an IMAX theater. I hope they serve something better than peanuts and coke. LOL

posted on Wed, 03/26/2008 - 3:58pm
nancyphetsamone's picture
nancyphetsamone says:

i would never go outer space because it too far away from my family and you never know what might happen!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 9:35am

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