Space planes ‘to meet big demand’


EADS projects that up to 15,000 people annually will be willing to fork over 200,000 euros ($300,000) to fly suborbital tourism flights, BBC’s Jonathan Amos reports.

EADS’ Astrium division is now working on space vehicle to rocket tourists up to 100 kilometers (62.5 miles). The company anticipates it will need an assembly line cranking out about 10 spacecraft annually.

Astrium anticipates it be will be producing about 10 spaceplanes a year. “To satisfy the market you will need more planes than you think, because once there is regular operation, the price will decrease which means there will be more customers,” CTO Robert Laine told Amos.