...Or Buy A Ticket Today For A Suborbital Ride...

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Meanwhile, the race to get passengers into suborbital flight is heating up. Aera Corp. announced last week that tickets are on sale now for seats aboard its Altairis rocket. The company says it is on track to start launching from Florida's Cape Canaveral in December 2006. The Altairis rocket launches vertically, lands horizontally and can carry six passengers and one mission commander. Tickets cost $250,000. Also, former X Prize contender Canadian Arrow announced on Tuesday it is forming a new corporation, PlanetSpace, with a U.S. partner and will be ready to carry passengers within two years. It will also charge a quarter-million per seat. Space Adventures, anticipating suborbital spaceflights to commence in the 2007-2008 timeframe, last week opened a sales office in Tokyo, selling seats at the bargain price of $102,000. Virgin Galactic plans to start passenger flights as early as 2008. They've set their ticket price at $200,000. Aera Corp. said it expects 30 Altairis launches in 2007. "We believe that the flights subsequent to 2007 and beyond will be less expensive than the first flights," said company President Bill Sprague. While you're saving up for that ticket, you can watch the online animated video of an Altairis launch, for free.