Local Firm Offers Suborbital Flights; $95,000 Pricetag Includes "Training" at Posh Sanctuary Resort

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Ever wanted to sail above the curve of blue Earth in a spaceship?

Now you can -- though it'll cost you $95,000.

Phoenix-based RocketShip Tours announced today it would begin offering suborbital flights in 2010 through a partnership with the builder of the Lynx vehicle (pictured at left).

The cool-looking, reusable craft takes off and lands like an airplane. In between, it motors to the edge of outer space as the spacesuit-wearing pilot and single passenger enjoy the view.
XCOR Aerospace of Mohave, California, which boasts the first privately built liquid-fueled rocket engine, is still working on their spaceship. But the company has gone ahead and partnered with RocketShip Tours to begin selling tickets now.

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It already has its first customer: Per Wimmer of Denmark, seen at right with RocketShip Tours CEO Jules Klar.

Klar is touted as an expert in the travel business, a man who worked with guidebook legend Arthur Frommer back in the 1960s to popularize "$5-A-Day" tours.

Klar wants to offer RocketShip customers a "total experience," according to blogger Michael Belfiore, who listened in on a phone conference about today's announcement.

That experience will be made sweeter by a five-day stay the swanky Sanctuary Resort on the flanks of Camelback Mountain for "training" that includes flights in acrobatic airplanes.

Could be a good Christmas present for the millionaire who has everything -- Ray Stern 

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