Weightless tourism coming soon
Han Qingping, president of ChinaRocket Co Ltd in Beijing, said his company will develop a 10-metric-ton reusable spacecraft and use it to ferry three to five travelers to a height of 80 km for a new perspective on the mother planet and to experience weightlessness just below the height where satellites fly.
“By 2025, a 100-ton reusable spacecraft will be produced to send up to 20 passengers to an orbit as high as 140 km above the ground,” he said. That’s into the thermosphere, and is high enough to be considered space.
“Furthermore, we will begin to use the 100-ton vehicle to perform intercontinental scheduled flight and long commercial spaceflight around 2030.”
Han said his company plans to go public around 2020, adding it will share its facilities and equipment with other enterprises to boost the growth of the whole sector.
Reports predict that by 2020 the market value of commercial space activities in China will reach 30 billion yuan each year.