"Tickets To The Moon? Yours For £100m"
for the low, low price of £100m.
Excalibur Almaz, an aerospace company based on the Isle of Man says it is ready to blast
travellers off to our planet's satellite for the very premium price aboard a fleet of second-hand
Russian space equipment.
The plan - enthusiastically reported on by the press, but criticised by some experts - would be
the first of its kind.
The company had previously said it would begin orbital flights in 2013, but is now focused on
the new plan to go one better and head to the Moon.
The 500,000 mile trip to the Moon and back could theoretically take place as soon as 2015,
according to the company's founder.
And despite critics claiming that the figures don't add up, Art Dula, CEO of the company, said
he is 'ready to sell the tickets'.
He describes the trips as less 'space tourism' and more 'private expedition'.
'It's exactly in the same vein as the historic exploration that was done by Europe and the
British Isles over the last several centuries that resulted in so much growth,' he said at a
meeting in London, where he announced the plan.
'The EA fleet has previously flown to space several times and will undertake many more
missions. It contains vessels of a design that has spent thousands of hours in space
successfully. This is scientific fact, not fiction.'
Intrepid travellers would have to board a converted Soviet space station for the trip.
The 30-tonne space station would be launched by a Proton rocket from Kazakhstan,
and once in orbit will be joined by three crew at a time, arriving via Reusable Re-entry Vehicle
pods on separate flights.
The Almaz stations will be converted for long-distance travel by the addition of thrusters, the
company said - and will then head to the Moon.
The company will not be attempting to land people on the moon, but instead will allow them to
orbit its surface and then return to earth via a capsule attached to a parachute." >>
-- By Michael Rundle, huffingtonpost.co.uk
make it happen, I bet they have some nice brochures but I doubt anyone laying a deposit will
ever see that again or get to the moon for that matter.
Sorry all..being sarcastic as a bear does..