Scientific American, Sep 15, 2010 06:37 PM, By John MatsonÂ
Aerospace and defense giant Boeing has tossed its hat into the space-tourism ring, announcing that it has agreed to market future rides into Earth orbit to paying customers. The company announced the private-spaceflight initiative, in concert with Space Adventures, on September 15.
The future of private spaceflight remains speculativeâ€”no one can say with any certainty which companies will manage in the coming decades to get more than a handful of customers off the ground, in which crew capsule, and aboard which rocket. Space Adventures can lay claim to delivering seven customers to orbit, but those fliers each bought seats on Russian Soyuz spacecraft rather than on wholly commercial vessels.
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