Isle of Man News - POSTED Mon 10-01-2011

Plans for space stations not yet decided

by Manx Radio

Plans for space stations not yet decided

The two space station hulls which were transported to Jurby last week could be used as 'space hotels', but there are no specific plans for them at the moment.

The Russian built station frames have been bought by Island-registered space exploration and tourism company Excalibur Almaz.

It aims to provide anybody who can afford the multi-million dollar fee the opportunity for holidays in space using their own spacecraft, one of which was exhibited on the Island a year ago. The first such flights could be launched in 2013.

Executive vice-president of technical operations at Excalibur Almaz Leroy Chiao hopes the stations can be used at some stage in the future, but at the moment he can't say how long they will remain here:

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