Europe's Bold Entry into Space Tourism
Private space travel has long been dominated by visionary entrepreneurs. Now that the largest Aerospace company in Europe has decided to build a tourist rocket, will the race to the stars finally take off?
As the latest entrant into the rapidly-expanding space tourism field, EADS will face some stiff competition.
Your ride to space may not come from a scrappy startup after all. In June, the Astrium division of the behemoth European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), after Boeing the largest aerospace company in the world, released its own design for a small tourist spaceship. The design is basically a copy of the Rocketplane XP, a converted business jet that's being built by the small Oklahoma company Rocketplane.