British Business Tycoon Richard Branson has unveiled an aircraft aimed at sending tourists into space.
The high-altitude jet, nicknamed Eve after Branson’s mother, will act as a mothership, releasing a second spacecraft into orbit.
‘‘The beauty of ‘Whiteknight One’ and ‘Whiteknight Two’ is that they can help change our relationship with space, achieving an era where accessibility becomes a commercial and scientific norm and not the exception.” he told reporters at the unveiling.
More than 200 hundred people have already signed up for the maiden voyage, which is expected in 2010.
Each have paid just under 130,000 Euros for the sub-orbital space trip.