Discover Magazine reports that the space start-up Xcor Aerospace is ready to begin selling tickets to tourists. For $95,000, you can soar 37 miles up to the edge of space, the company announced today. They already have one ticket sold, to a Danish investment banker.
Discover explains that “In the small world of private space companies, Xcor is considered a cheap, no-frills provider. The announced ticket price is about half the $200,000 cost of a suborbital flight aboard Virgin Galactic’s deluxe SpaceShip Two. That vehicle is expected to bring six passengers aloft at a time, and may let them float around the cabin during the five minutes of weightlessness they’ll experience at the apogee of their flight, 62 miles above the earth’s surface. In contrast, Xcor’s small suborbital vehicle, the Lynx, is a two-seater, and the one paying passenger will stay strapped into the copilot’s seat.”
(Meanwhile, back here on Earth, the satirical news source The Onion reports that “Cash-strapped American Airlines announced a new series of fees this week that will apply to all customers not currently flying, scheduled to fly, or even thinking about flying aboard the commercial carrier.” Read The Onion’s very humorous article here.)