Unlike stealth platforms, suborbital
spacecraft break the kill chain in two different locations.
The health requirements for the would-be suborbital
tourists will be fairly light, "just like for a person boarding a plane.
NASA's first two manned spaceflights in 1961, by Alan Shepard and Virgil "Gus" Grissom, were similar suborbital
In the suborbital
area, there are a lot of things to be done.
flights will last two and half hours and include about five minutes of weightlessness.
He points to efforts like Virgin Galactic's private spaceship built to send tourists on suborbital
The airline will support future suborbital
flights from proceeds made from on-air purchases, inclusion in their frequent flyer programme, and inclusion in KLM vacation packages to Curacao.
Now it could be home to one of the first spaceports from which suborbital
trips will be launched early next decade.
A private space tourism company has changed designs of its suborbital
space tourism vehicle to a winged glide-to-landing concept.
industry-leading makers and future operators of the next-generation orbital and suborbital
space transportation vehicles, selected NX(R) software, UGS digital product development solution, to design, build and test its Kistler K-1 aerospace vehicle.
The X-37 was carried aloft by the Mojave-based Scaled Composites Company's White Knight, the same aircraft that served as the mother ship for the suborbital
space flights of designer Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne in 2004.
Virgin Galactic, a Virgin Group company, has sold some 200 tickets to passengers for suborbital
flights, starting in 2008, said Will Whitehorn, the company's president.