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Private companies hold the key to space travel's futureupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 11:18:00

There are no roller coasters near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. No Ferris wheels, either.

Richard Branson: 'This is history'updated: Mon Oct 25 2010 09:11:00

Richard Branson opens the 10,000 foot runway of Spaceport America, the next step toward commercial space flight.

Experts: Huge space tourism expansion just months awayupdated: Mon Oct 25 2010 09:11:00

It's unlikely that you've heard of PJ King, despite the fact that he's about to set himself apart from most humans who've ever walked the planet. In as soon as 18 months, King could be launching into space as a paying commercial space tourist.

Spacecraft's maiden test flightupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 14:19:00

In March, the VSS Enterprise completed its maiden test flight on its host mothership.

Virgin Galactic successfully tests VSS Enterpriseupdated: Sat Oct 16 2010 14:19:00

A pair of pilots flew the world's first manned commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert on Sunday, though they were the only ones aboard.

Branson spacecraft completes test flightupdated: Tue Mar 23 2010 10:57:00

British billionaire Richard Branson's dream of space travel that thousands of people can afford took a leap toward reality with the maiden flight of the world's first commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert. Victoria Principal Prepares to Blast into Spaceupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 18:01:00

The actress wants a ride in the world’s first commercial passenger spacecraft

Branson opens doors to spaceshipupdated: Tue Dec 08 2009 10:50:00

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Monday unveiled the winged rocket his company developed to give paying customers a brief taste of space.

Private space pioneers: We're inheritors of Apollo legacyupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 12:04:00

Richard Garriott had more reason than most to dream the Apollo moon landings would rapidly expand space travel. His father was a NASA astronaut, as were many of his neighbors near Texas' Johnson Space Center.

One giant leap toward space tourism in New Mexicoupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 16:36:00

The era when travelers will be able to catch a flight from New Mexico to outer space moved a step closer this week with the official start of construction of Spaceport America.

Check out your future check-inupdated: Fri Jan 09 2009 11:19:00

Space travel, security threats and increasing passenger numbers are forcing major changes in the way airports are designed.

Opening the space frontier, one tourist at a timeupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 11:32:00

The view will be one unlike any other. Space Tourist Richard Garriottupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 02:00:00

The sixth private citizen to go into orbit talks to TIME about the space race, Stephen Colbert and being a second-generation astronaut

FSB: Rocket Town U.S.A.updated: Mon Sep 15 2008 14:17:00

Outside Hangar 7, the desert and sky stretch as far as you can see, broken only by the distant Tehachapi Mountains and the occasional Joshua tree.

Fortune: Branson's sky-high plans for Virginupdated: Fri Aug 01 2008 10:20:00

So here we were at 6:20 Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport. Despite the hour, a disc jockey played pulsing club music, a soundtrack that soon continued onboard a Virgin America Airbus with "My Other Ride is a Spaceship" emblazoned behind its nose. A 20-minute flight later, the jet landed in Mojave, Calif., where tycoon Richard Branson awaited.

Tourist trips to outer spaceupdated: Mon Jul 28 2008 18:29:00

Virgin Group's Richard Branson talks about a new spacecraft expected to launch space tourists.

Virgin Galactic keeps low profile after explosionupdated: Sun Aug 26 2007 21:31:00

As a female voice coos, "Welcome to space," six passengers in skintight spacesuits unbuckle their seatbelts and somersault in zero gravity, occasionally peeking back at Earth through the private spaceship's large portholes.

Blast at desert spaceport kills 2, injures 4updated: Thu Jul 26 2007 23:03:00

An explosion at an airport home to Scaled Composites -- the builder of the first private manned rocket to reach space -- killed two people and left four seriously hurt Thursday, a Kern County Fire Department official says.

Business 2.0: Space tourism race heats upupdated: Wed Jul 04 2007 22:00:00

Jim Benson's ship is called the Dream Chaser, and here's the dream he's chasing: a 50 percent profit margin on revenue of $200 million by 2015 from putting tourists into suborbital space.

Billionaire building flying space podupdated: Wed Mar 21 2007 12:35:00

A mere three years after Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne skimmed the edge of space to capture the $10-million Ansari X Prize, more than half a dozen companies are furiously building and testing spacecraft designed to take paying passengers on suborbital journeys and beyond.

Leaping into the future updated: Mon Jan 29 2007 06:31:00

"I never think of the future" Albert Einstein once said, "It comes soon enough". But at the beginning of the 21st Century even the great scientist might have been taken aback by the pace of scientific and engineering advances of recent times.

CNN Future Summit forumupdated: Fri Nov 03 2006 12:49:00

Space tourism is being packaged as the ultimate trip -- almost as an extension of a normal flight but with incredible views, the experience of weightlessness and supersonic speeds. Companies such as Virgin Galactic are taking bookings from the rich and famous for the sub-orbital flights they hope to start in 2008.

Breaking the final frontierupdated: Fri Nov 03 2006 12:29:00

Space tourism is being packaged as the ultimate trip -- almost as an extension of a normal flight but with incredible views, the experience of weightlessness and supersonic speeds.

A look inside Virgin Galactic's new rideupdated: Wed Oct 04 2006 11:10:00

Virgin Galactic recently unveiled a mock-up of the slick, Philippe Starck --designed interior of its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) suborbital tourist vehicle.

CNNMoney: A space ride for Christmas?updated: Tue Oct 03 2006 12:09:00

Want to make someone's Christmas really special this year? Consider a trip to outer space.

The day in numbers: Two millionupdated: Fri Sep 29 2006 03:17:00

Two million: The number of air miles clocked up by British businessman Alan Watts to win the chance to become the first "air miles astronaut" aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship in 2009.

Space tourism: Trip of a lifetimeupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 07:54:00

Who hasn't looked up at the stars and wondered what it must be like to travel through space? Only a fortunate few have made the trip, and at enormous cost. But soon, the excitement and adventure may be within reach of many more of us.

Business 2.0: Hurtling into the space tourism industryupdated: Thu Mar 30 2006 12:23:00

A note from Erick Schonfeld: After six years of writing Future Boy, I'm handing the reins to my colleague Chris Taylor to focus on features for the magazine and my B2Day blog, which you can also subscribe to by e-mail or RSS. Taylor shares my interest in the Internet and new media, but he's also interested in other boundaries of technology, like space, the subject of his first Future Boy column.

Business 2.0: Out of This Worldupdated: Wed Mar 01 2006 00:01:00


Blast-off for frequent flyersupdated: Tue Dec 06 2005 07:14:00

Executives bored with criss-crossing the globe will soon have the chance to boldly go where few travelers have gone before: space.

Fortune: Do Branson's profits equal his joie de vivre?updated: Mon Oct 17 2005 00:01:00

I MUST SAY THAT I'M A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED IN RICHARD Branson. After all this time as one of the world's highest-profile entrepreneurs, he's only now beginning to deal in the world's two most precio...

CNNMoney: New space race for touristsupdated: Wed Jul 13 2005 07:40:00

Forget the Russians and the Americans. The new space race is between the guys from Virgin Atlantic,, and PayPal.

Space tourism taking shape updated: Wed Apr 27 2005 11:45:00

Ticket to ride commuter flights to the edge of space may not be too far off -- with spaceliners departing several spaceports here in the United States.

CNNMoney: Rules for space tourismupdated: Thu Feb 10 2005 12:37:00

Earth to space travelers: The 10-second countdown isn't all the preparation you need before blasting into outer space.

Moon trips next, says space touristupdated: Mon Oct 25 2004 07:50:00

One of only two people to pay their own way into space says space tourism will become an integral part of the industry, eventually leading to more trips to the moon.

SpaceShipOne captures X Prizeupdated: Mon Oct 04 2004 08:43:00

SpaceShipOne achieved its most spectacular flight yet, climbing to an altitude of 377,591 feet (71 1/2 miles) to win the $10 million Ansari X Prize on Monday.

My mobile lifeupdated: Tue Sep 28 2004 05:57:00

I'm not a huge fan of technology and I sometimes wonder whether it has had such a big impact on our lives. But one thing that has changed the way that I do business is the mobile phone.

Now Virgin to offer trips to spaceupdated: Mon Sep 27 2004 05:22:00

British entrepreneur Richard Branson has announced his company has signed a deal to offer the world's first commercial flights to space under the branding "Virgin Galactic."

Fortune: Entrepreneurs Looking Up Why those in the business of tourism think outer space is travel's final frontier.updated: Mon Oct 25 1999 00:01:00

Thirty years after Alan Shepard's lunar tee shot, entrepreneurs in the earthly business of tourism are looking up toward that back nine in the sky. Forget the right stuff--all tourists need is abou...

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