Super-Rich Still Want to Boldly Go Into Space
By Ben Hirschler

In this file photo, Danish adventurer and London-based investment banker Per Wimmer, scheduled to be first in line to ride aboard a privately funded, two-seat rocket ship designed by a California rocket maker to fly about 37 miles above Earth talks with reporters at a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif. The economic downturn has not dampened rich people's enthusiasm for space tourism, a commercial space flight company says.

(Reed Saxon/AP Photo)

 

 


 DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - The economic downturn has not dampened rich people's enthusiasm for space tourism, the world's first commercial space flight company says.

"Business is good," Eric Anderson, chief executive of privately owned Space Adventures, told Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.

The U.S. company has sold seats worth about $175 million on Russian rockets to the International Space Station and is preparing to send Hungarian computer software executive Charles Simonyi into space for the second time in March.

His $35-million trip will be the seventh arranged by Space Adventures since U.S. multimillionaire Dennis Tito paid for a trip into space in 2001.