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24Mar/090

Space Tourism Companies

Has it been your dream to take a trip out of this world and look upon it from the heavens?  This is something people could have never imagined at the beginning of time.  In today's day and age, traveling to space isn't ONLY to be done by astronauts; anyone who has the health and wealth can make this amazing journey.

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The flight of the world's first space tour took place in 2001.  This was done by the company known as Space Adventures.  They offer three types of space tours.  There mission is your space flight.  By joining the Space Adventures Lunar Mission you will contribute to the dawning of a new era in space exploration and enter the history books alongside the great explorers.  The cost is $100 million.  There have been six individuals to have already experienced this adventure of a lifetime.

The two most popular space tourism companies are Space Adventures and Virgin Galactic.  Virgin Galactic announced that Park Avenue Travel had been selected as one of only forty two travel agencies in North America to become an accredited space agency and there are seats left to fill.  These people can expect to be amongst the first 1,000 humans in space and to fly within Virgin Galactic’s first year of operation.  With them it costs $150,000 to be among seat numbers 200 to 299, $125,000 to be among seat numbers 300 to 399 and $100,000 to be among seat numbers 400 to 500. They are asking for a 10% deposit of $20,000 to secure a numbered seat reservation in this category and expect to start flying this group during the second year of operation.

More affordable suborbital space tourism is viewed as a money-making proposition by several other companies, including Starchaser, Blue Origin, Armadillo Aerospace, XCOR Aerospace, Rocketplane Limited, the European "Project Enterprise" and others.

Most are proposing vehicles that make suborbital flights peaking at an altitude of 100-160 kilometres.  Passengers would experience three to six minutes of weightlessness, a view of a twinkle-free starfield, and a vista of the curved Earth below.  Projected costs are expected to be about $200,000 per passenger.

If you want to see a time line of space exploration in general, click HERE.

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Otherwise, if you are one of the few who can afford to experience such an adventure, enjoy the view up there as you make history!

25Aug/080

LUXEJETS Luxury Charters

If you're looking for a quick charter flight, or even a coast to coast air voyage, LuxeJets offers an experience that is rivaled by few. When I was trying to come up with a title for this entry, I realized that it was nearly impossible to summarize all the services that they offer by just calling them a Private Jet Charter or a brokerage. Not only limiting you to air travel, LuxeJets is capable of offering other luxury or exclusive services such as:

Lifestyle Management and Personal Concierge

Yacht Charters

Helicopter Charters to the Hamptons

Exotic Car rental (in certain markets)

Vacation Rentals

Personal Escort (armed, or unarmed)

So obviously, calling them just an air charter service doesn't do it justice. If you're interested in seeing if Luxejets can help your busy schedule out with one of their services, fly over to their website : www.luxe-jets.com

18Jul/080

Cirrus Personal Jet

If you're the type that prefers to fly your plane rather than just ride in it, you'll know that there aren't too many turbine-powered choices unless you take a page from Mr. Travolta himself and become fully certified for a 747. For the rest of us who still have to work during the day, (yes, golfing with your investment partners can be considered work) taking fully accredited commercial airliner lessons isn't really feasible.

Cirrus has taken special consideration to the term, "Personal Jet." Cirrus CEO and Chairman Alan Klapmeier stresses that the planes they build are not only of extreme high quality, but are also practical fliers for casual pilots. The Personal Jet should be just that-personal, and to achieve that means a comfortable cabin, but also ease of use, well behaved both on the ground, and in the air. Offering features such as an over-sized wing to reduce approach speeds, as well as larger windows for increased visibility, and a cockpit that is optimized for single-pilot operation. Better yet, "The-Jet" has the performance of a turbine powered airframe, with the low speed performance of a high-performance prop, allowing you to land on shorter runways then any of your other Jet buddies.

Since having enough money to purchase a jet typically means you have friends who want rides, Cirrus made sure to include 5 fully functional and reclining seats in the cabin, as well as two smaller, stow seats for additional crew.

The plane is still in developmental stages, and the body panels are undergoing extensive testing to reduce cabin noise, increase performance and make the plane more stable at the uncanny low stall speeds. We're not sure exactly when this will be available, but Cirrus is accepting reservations via their website, www.the-jet.com.

   

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