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Space Tourism Competition Heats Up

Published by Robin on Wed May 11, 2005 11:16 pm
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By Irene Mona Klotz, Discovery News

May 11, 2005— With a new business partner in hand and a key engine test successfully behind it, a Canadian firm expects it soon will be in position to offer commercial suborbital spaceflights to tourists.

“We’ve taken a significant step toward flight,” Geoff Sheerin, head of Ontario-based Canadian Arrow, said in an interview.

Last week, the firm announced a partnership with long-time commercial space investor Chirinjeev Kathuria, a co-founder of MirCorp, which leased the Russian space station Mir before it was removed from orbit in March 2001.

MirCorp also arranged for the first space tourist, Dennis Tito, to fly to the outpost. His trip was later rebooked aboard the International Space Station.

Details of Canadian Arrow’s new partnership will be announced at press conferences in Canada and Chicago, where Kathuria is based, next week. However, the company did say it will be changing its name to PlanetSpace.

Story continued at http://dsc.discovery.com/news/briefs/20050509/spacetourism.html

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