Mark Rocket is scheduled to fly into sub-orbital space with Virgin Galactic and was the first New Zealander to book a flight. The principle aim of this site is to encourage other would-be commercial passenger astronauts to take the next step and to support the advancement of space technology.
On October 4, 2004, SpaceShipOne became the first private manned spacecraft to exceed an altitude of 328,000 feet twice within the span of a 14 day period, thus claiming the ten million dollar Ansari X-Prize. A larger spacecraft, called SpaceShipTwo, was subsequently designed to accommodate six passengers and two pilots. The spacecraft is now undertaking flight tests in America and is expected to open commercial operations in 2013.
Virgin Galactic is building its world headquarters and Mission Control in New Mexico and believes that Spaceport America will offer astronauts an experience that will be truly out of this world. Prospective astronauts from around the globe are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to view the planet and stars from above the Earth’s atmosphere, and to experience the extraordinary sensations of zero gravity and rocket-powered flight.
|“What an incredible era we live in, where you can buy a ticket into space. We’re at the start of the second great space race. Since the first space race in the 1960s many millions of people have dreamt about launching into space.“ more…
“We hope to create thousands of astronauts over the next few years and bring alive their dream of seeing the majestic beauty of our planet from above, the stars in all their glory and the amazing sensations of weightlessness and space flight. The development will also allow every country in the world to have their own astronauts rather than the privileged few.”
Sir Richard Branson