In search of space

Posted by Allan McLachlan

You could be holidaying in orbit by 2015...if you've got the money. of us born during the baby boom were raised to expect that there would be flying cars, videophones and buses to the moon by the year 2000.

Now, US company Space Adventure have announced that their "space taxi" could be carrying paying passengers into space from Cape Canaveral in Florida as soon as in 2015.

Space Adventure has already taken a few  very rich space tourists to visit the International Space Station (ISS) on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft.

The plan is for aviation giant Boeing to build capsules 15 feet across which will be launched on conventional rockets to the space station. They'll carry Nasa astronauts as well as paying tourists.

Compe Virgin Galactic is planning test flights for its manned commercial vessel SpaceShipTwo next year. The Branson plan involves taking passengers into low earth orbit for three hours where they can experience weightlessness and see the planet from space before returning. They have not yet announced a date for the maiden commercial voyage.

Meanwhile, US company Terrafugia hopes to begin manufacturing flying cars before the end of this year. And with the iPhone video calling app becoming commonplace, it seems that the future is here at last.

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