Interorbital Plans Tests, Offers Lunar Samples for Only $3.4 Million Per Pound

Interorbital will be conducting engine tests over the next few months for its SeaStar launch vehicle, Flight Global reports.  If the tests are successful, the California company could conduct flight tests of the rocket off the California coast at the end of the year.

The company is planning to launch a lunar sample return mission in 2010. It is offering advanced sales of its lunar samples at a mere $3.375 million per pound or (for you metric fans out there) $7,500 per gram. This represents a 25 percent discount on the full rate. And you only have to put 10 percent down now.