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Eads Shows Off Europe’s New Space Plane

by | 14th, June 2007

THERE had to be someway to get out of here:


PARIS – Europe’s biggest aerospace company, EADS, has concluded that carrying wealthy tourists to 100 kilometers in altitude for several minutes of weightlessness could be a multibillion-dollar industry in 20 years and is seeking co-investors to build a rocket plane it already has designed.

EADS’s Astrium division, prime contractor for Ariane 5 rockets and for Europe’s contribution to the international space station, said a group of its engineers has spent two years quietly designing a vehicle that looks like a business jet with exceptionally long wings and a rocket engine powered by liquid methane and liquid oxygen.

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