Weight­less tourism com­ing soon

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

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.

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