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Spaceplanes, Space Tourism and Private Space Habitats

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Spaceplanes carrying celebrities, sports figures, movie stars and royalty will soon be the rage for the next few years – barring a serious accident. Sir Richard Branson has done well to book not only millionaires but media idols to promote his space adventures business known as Virgin Galactic. His VSS Unity spaceplane is now set to carry would-be citizen astronauts up 120 kilometers into space. Jeff Bezos, with his increasingly successful Blue Origin suborbital flights will apparently soon follow suit. In what is not always friendly rivalry with Musk and Branson, Bezos’s company will also be booking big names to capture headlines and promote his suborbital launch service as well.

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... In the first and final phase, a ticket would cost $1 million and $10,000, respectively [67]. Since cost and safety are primary concerns -there is a proposal for spaceflight to be initially limited to about 120 km from Earth [28]. On the downside, there is no industry consensus to support the 120 km demarcation line. ...
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