Taking the Pulse of Personal Spaceflight

Europe Unveils Space Plane for Tourist Market
The space plane would take off from an as-yet undetermined spaceport using two conventional jet engines. The plane would climb to 7.5 miles (12 km) in altitude before its rocket engine ignites, powering the vehicle through a coast phase that would provide passengers with one and one-half minutes of near-zero-gravity experience.
(Image: © EADS)


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