New Zealanders Space Trek 2009

New Zealanders Mark Rocket and Jackie Maw have booked Virgin Galactic SpaceShip 2 suborbital spacecraft, with scheduled flights in late 2009 or early 2010.
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Designing a rocket ride into suborbit

Before Virgin Group mogul Richard Branson hired him to design a futuristic tourist rocket ship, Richard Seymour’s only experience in the market was dreaming up spacecraft for the movies.
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Rocketplane to focus on space tourism

Rocketplane officials say that NASA’s decision to cut off its funding on the COTS program will actually help the Oklahoma company to focus on a bigger goal: launching tourists into space aboard its XP vehicle.

“We’re looking at a stronger focus on the XP,” said George French, chairman and chief executive officer, told