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Asian Lift-off for British Space Holidays

Published by Robin on Wed Nov 10, 2004 5:03 pm
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chabot imageThe Scotsman Press Association, Wed 10 Nov 2004

A British company, which is among a handful in the world promoting affordable space tourism, has offered to turn a northern Malaysian state into Asia’s first space travel hub.

Bristol Spaceplanes has proposed using Perak state’s under-utilised airport to launch trips into space for those willing to pay up to £10,000 for a ride, Perak Chief Minister Tajol Rosli said

The Bristol based company was among more than two dozen companies that competed for the £5 million X Prize, designed to encourage technology for cheap space travel.

The prize was awarded to rival SpaceShipOne, which completed two space flights within five days in September and October – under the rules of the competition.

Tajol said Perak’s local government had accepted the proposal and forwarded it to the federal government for final approval. He did not say how long that would take or when the project could begin.

He said the project required an initial investment of about £85 million.

He the project would help bring more revenue for the state airport, which is currently used for opne flight a day.

Bristol Spaceplanes is developing a spacecraft called The Ascender, which is described as a suborbital space plane that operates like an aircraft. It looks like the US space shuttle.

However, its rocket engines propel it to an altitude of 62 miles.

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