Chinese space tourism

Wired News has a brief article about Space Adventures’ plans to open a Chinese office, an effort to court the growing number of wealthy Chinese who may be interested in flying in space. While the effort appears to be initially focused on flight opportunities outside China, both orbital and suborbital, Space Adventures also sees a future where Chinese vehicles become available for space tourism. “We plan to initiate and develop a relationship with the China National Space Administration,” Eric Anderson told Wired News. However, he adds that “Space Adventures will consider the Chinese Shenzhou vehicle once it has proven its reliability.” Given the low flight rate of the Shenzhou (less than once every two years), it might be a long time before Shenzhou’s reliability is sufficiently demonstrated.

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