Wealthy pay a high price for go­ing into space

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

It’s just a five or six-minute trip and the cost starts at $599,999, but some of China’s wealthy have signed up for trips to outer space.

Or­ders opened on Thurs­day to book a trip with the Dutch firm Space Ex­pe­di­tion Corp, known as SXC, and 305 buy­ers pur­chased trips in the first min­utes af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion opened, ac­cord­ing to Taobao. Four en­trepreneurs from Chengdu and two from Shang­hai are among those who signed up for space travel, said the com­pany, which did not re­veal their iden­ti­ties.

Ac­cord­ing to SXC, the space­ship can carry only one as­tro­naut and one tourist, who sits in the co-pi­lot seat. The craft re­mains in space for five to six min­utes, when the tourist can en­joy a view from space and ex­pe­ri­ence weight­less­ness.

Fees in­clude the space travel, as well as a round trip from China to the Mo­jave Civil­ian Aero­space Test Cen­ter in the United States for the launch.

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