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Mon 14 Apr 2008 11:36 AM

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Arab company charters space craft in world first

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai firm first in world to charter Virgin Galactic for top management.

A Dubai-based Arab company has become the first ever in the world to charter a space craft for its top management, ArabianBusiness.com can reveal.

The company last week handed over $500,000 as a deposit to Virgin Galactic, to charter one of the company’s commercial spacecrafts.

Details of the company are likely to be made public in July this year. Sources suggest the two hour flight in space will take place some time in 2010.

The total deal, the first ever of its kind, is worth $1.2 million. It is understood the deal was done through Sharaf Travel, Virgin Galactic’s UAE agent.

Virgin Galactic is expected to begin its commercial space flights next year, with tickets for the first 100 passengers going for $200,000 per passenger.

The Virgin Galactic experience involves boarding SpaceShipTwo which is attached to a mother-ship known as WhiteKnightTwo.

Following a run-way take-off the space craft will climb to an altitude of 50,000 feet where the spaceship will be released and the rocket ignited.

The rocket burn acceleration powers the spaceship to the speed of sound in just 10 seconds, and over three times the speed of sound in under 30 seconds.

The G-force surge will push the clients back into their seats as they head into the darkness of space to an altitude of 110 kilometres above the earth's surface.

When the rocket motor shuts down, all passengers, who by this stage are officially ‘astronauts', will experience the silence of space, and majestic views of earth as they float around the large cabin in zero gravity for four minutes.

The spaceship returns to earth, passing back through the atmosphere using a unique wing feathering technology to ensure stability and to minimize heat intensity, before making a normal runway landing.

In total the space flight will last for around two hours.

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Adil Mirza 12 years ago

Can someone please explain again to a hungry child understand why she has to live a hungry life without any hopes of 'such-excited' top management coming to her aid a her condition is so insignificant-to-be-excited-for in comparison? or can someone please explain again to a sick person understand that her fight for life is so insignificant in comparison and while she cannot have the right to decent care, the marginal benefit of someone shooting merrily up for a fun ride done for scientific or business progress is so great and can be claimed in name of betterment to humanity? The list can continue but please can someone explain again as I also did not get it the first time it was explained...