o want to fly into space? Well, your dream will soon come true, with PlanetSpace -- a privately funded rocket project founded by entrepreneurs Dr Chirinjeev Kathuria and Geoff Sheerin -- planning to make space travel easily accessible to general public from 2008.
PlanetSpace has signed an agreement with Canada's Nova Scotia province to build a spaceport in a town called Sydney Mines, on Cape Breton, where the company will be provided 300 acres of land and some funding for an orbital launch facility meant to send tourists into space.
"Currently, only three nations -- the United States, Russia and China -- have the capacity to launch manned flights to the space from their own soil. Canada will be the fourth country to have that capacity when the Cape Breton space port becomes operational," Kathuria, a physician-turned-entrepreneur, says.
About 3,000 people have already evinced interest in flying into space as tourists, although no booking has begun yet.
So, if you are willing to spend about $250,000, PlanetSpace's suborbital flights will carry you on 15-minute ride into space, where you can experience 4.5 minutes of weightlessness! Read on...
Text: George Joseph in New York
Photographs, courtesy: PlanetSpace