Space tourism came closer to critical mass last week with Sir Richard Branson's new Virgin Galactic venture earmarking $100 million to develop Burt Rutan's SpaceShipOne rocket glider into a viable suborbital tour bus. Adding fuel to the reaction is SpaceShipOne's successful first of two flights toward winning the Ansari X-Prize, the space tourism equivalent of the Orteig prize to cross the Atlantic. And last week Bigelow Aerospace founder Robert T. Bigelow unveiled in Aviation Week & ...

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