A few Indians that have booked their tickets in a passenger spacecraft which will blast them into space, at 100 km beyond the planet’s gravity to a spot which will be seen as the curvature of our planet have to shell out around US$100,000 for a price of Rs. 62 lakh.
Xcor Aerospace, which is the U.S. firm that has developed tourist rocket plane has partnered with Mumbai based Fortpoint Automotive to attract more Indians to take up the space tours, which is expected to take off during the next year. According to Peter Van Rooy, the global sales manager representing Xcor Space Expedition, they have sold over 300 tickets worldwide which includes a few Indians as well. He further said that the in front of the passenger and above there will be total blackness, while one can see the curvature of the earth.
Rooy, however, did not disclose the names of the Indians that have booked their seats for their point-to-point one-hour flight starting from California. However, the idea of space tourism started in 2004, when British entrepreneur Branson who launched Virgin Galactic to start a travel space program. In this program around 800 people who include Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks, Stephen Hawking, and a Kerala based businessman have already booked their ticket to board the Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, which is priced around US$250,000 that costs around Rs. 1.55 crore.
However, it is not clear who will start commercial operations first, especially after a SpaceShipTwo experienced a crash in November during a test flight, which created a lot of apprehensions.