Space tourism to take off in Kiruna
If all goes to plan, billionaire Richard Bransonâ€™s spaceships will take off with tourists on board in 2012 â€“ from Kiruna in the far north of Sweden.
Earlier last week, billionaire Richard Branson paraded his company Virgin Galacticâ€™s specially designed tourist ship â€˜SpaceShipTwoâ€™, which will take tourists out into space. Virgin Galactic, has selected two ‘spaceports’, from where tourists will be able to launch into space. One of the spaceports is in New Mexico, while the other is the Sweden Spaceport, in Kiruna.
If all goes according to plan, space tourists may be flocking to Kiruna within several years. â€œVirgin Galactic has its spaceport in America and will commence their first flights there in 2011. When they have been operating for half a year, it will then be time for the European market, and theyâ€™ll then come to us,â€ BergstrÃ¶m-Roos told Dagens Nyheter.
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