Ticket office for commercial space flights launched in Singapore

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Flying into space is now within reach for Singaporeans who wish to do so – but the experience comes at a hefty price of 100,000 Singapore dollars ($80,000) for a ticket.

For that amount, passengers can experience a space shuttle takeoff and a view of the Earth, provided by US-based XCOR Space Expeditions. The total flight time will take about one hour including takeoff and landing. As the shuttle has only two seats, passengers get to play the role of a co-pilot, performing tasks such as navigation.

There is a prerequisite though – passengers need to be certified fit by a doctor. After that, the passenger will have to undergo a compulsory training programme in the Netherlands.

The training involves a one-of-a-kind advanced motion simulator called, “The Desdemona”. It is specially designed to train deep space astronauts, it offers a graphically animated pre-experience of the flight, including the illusion of weightlessness.

Ascent into the edge of space will take just over three minutes and during the propulsion, the shuttle will accelerate at the speed of sound. After around five to six minutes in space, the shuttle will descend back to Earth.

This is the first time XCOR, which develops commercial space shuttles, is launching the sale of tickets in Singapore in partnership with Luminox watches.

By end 2015, the XCOR space shuttle is scheduled to make its first worldwide launch into space, from its spaceport in Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.

 

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Flying into space is now within reach for Singaporeans who wish to do so – but the experience comes at a hefty price of 100,000 Singapore dollars ($80,000) for a ticket.

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Flying into space is now within reach for Singaporeans who wish to do so – but the experience comes at a hefty price of 100,000 Singapore dollars ($80,000) for a ticket.

For that amount, passengers can experience a space shuttle takeoff and a view of the Earth, provided by US-based XCOR Space Expeditions. The total flight time will take about one hour including takeoff and landing. As the shuttle has only two seats, passengers get to play the role of a co-pilot, performing tasks such as navigation.

There is a prerequisite though – passengers need to be certified fit by a doctor. After that, the passenger will have to undergo a compulsory training programme in the Netherlands.

The training involves a one-of-a-kind advanced motion simulator called, “The Desdemona”. It is specially designed to train deep space astronauts, it offers a graphically animated pre-experience of the flight, including the illusion of weightlessness.

Ascent into the edge of space will take just over three minutes and during the propulsion, the shuttle will accelerate at the speed of sound. After around five to six minutes in space, the shuttle will descend back to Earth.

This is the first time XCOR, which develops commercial space shuttles, is launching the sale of tickets in Singapore in partnership with Luminox watches.

By end 2015, the XCOR space shuttle is scheduled to make its first worldwide launch into space, from its spaceport in Curacao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea.

 

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