Starchaser Lays Out Plans for Suborbital and Orbital Tourism Vehicles

UK-based Starchaser Industries has submitted a study to the European Space Agency in which it lays out plans for suborbital and orbital space tourism flights.

The company is working on its Starchaser 5 rocket, which would launch a reuseable Thunderstar capsules on suborbital flights  exceeding 100 kilometers. The flights would would carry one pilot and four passengers. Occupants would experience about three minutes of weightlessness.

Starchaser is working on a larger, vertically launched suborbital spaceplane with seating for 8 people. The company believes the system could be upgraded for orbital flight.