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Stark vs. Newson in Space

06.19.07   |   Posted in: Art & Design, Tech   |   By: Kellis Landrum
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We get blown away every time we consider that we may one day get to travel into space. In 2004 Burt Ratan’s SpaceShipOne capurted the Ansari X prize by building a craft that could support 2 pilots and 2 passegers and break Earths orbit 3 times in the span of 2 weeks. The goal of the Ansari challenge was to open the door to passenger travel into space, and apparently that is exactly what has happened.

Squaring off in the challenge of pimping your space ride are arguably two of the biggest names in industrial design today- Phillipe Stark for Virgin Galactic, and Marc Newson for French Aeronautics Giant EADS. Virgin Galactic is set to start offering flights in 2009 and EADS expect to have seats available in 2012. A mere $200,000 buys you a 3 hour flight on Virgin Galactic, while a proposed $265,000 get you a seat on a EADS voyage. Booking is already available for flights on Virgin Galactic’s website.


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