Adventures is already known for ferrying paying tourists into space
for millions of dollars, but the company now plans to offer
suborbital flights for just over $100,000.Furthermore, Space
Adventures will team up with Armadillo Aerospace, funded by John
Carmack, so seats aboard Armadillo craft will also be available.
Armadillo hopes to finish development of a rocket ship that can head
more than 62 miles above Earth, which is when space begins."I
am very pleased to announce Space
Adventures' agreement with Armadillo," said Eric Anderson,
Space Adventures CEO and President. "We envision this as a
critical turning point for public access to space."Passengers
will just have minutes of weightlessness in space before returning
back to Earth, but must spend a few days training. A 360-degree
view of space and a unique glimpse of Earth is presented to everyone
willing to pay the required $102,000 to float 62 miles above Earth.
Space Adventures continues to find new ways to take
customers into space, and remains the only private company to take
tourists to the International Space Station. In a partnership
with Russia, Space Adventures and the Russian government share a fee
upwards of $35 million to spend around 10 days in orbit.