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New Space Tourism Center Opens in Florida

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
May 27, 2009
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A new center catering to adventure travelers and would-be space tourists opened its doors at the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport in  Florida.

Aurora Aerospace began operating on May 1 as a “Space Camp on steroids,” offering customized programs that include flight training, high altitude jet rides, spacecraft simulations, academic training and more, said CEO Howard Chipman.

A pilot and medical doctor, Chipman says he can conduct medical certifications for people to fly into space. “Most people can fly. Most people can do a suborbital flight,” he said.

The center has had several customers go through training since opening its doors, Chipman said. Costs range from $2,500 to 8,000 depending upon the training package.

Read more about it on the company’s website.

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