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Post by Jan on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:31 pm

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Post by Jan on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:49 pm

Source: http://emiratesupdate.wordpress.com/2008/01/15/uae-spaceport/

UAE Spaceport Concept




Local tourism was not attractive enough that UAE’s other lesser known state of Ras Al Khaimah is now the venue for the 30 billion USD Spaceport. Space Adventures is developing commercial spaceports in this region. They are the pioneers of space tourism. The expansion will become global after a few years. The funding will be open to many of the venture capitalists. The revenues will be divided between the government of Ras Al Khamiah, Space Adventures and the funding agencies. The government has given clearance to this massive project. Space Adventures can operate suborbital spaceflights from their airspace. Prodea is their partner in this venture.

Why was Ras Al Khamiah chosen for this space trip odyssey? The main reasons are that the rulers agreed to become sponsors to the project and the place supports airport and spaceport facilities. The place is close to Dubai, a major tourist attraction in the region. The spaceflights cannot become congested in this region and they can have smooth operations. Space travel can become an important avenue for revenue in the near future. Myasishchev Design Bureau, a leading Russian aerospace organization is the main designer of the suborbital space transportation system. They have already designed high powered performance aircraft and space systems. Nearly five people can be put together in a spacecraft called ‘Explorer’ once operations commence. The highest degree of safety is being ensured on the space vehicle.

Explorer will have a flight-operational carrier aircraft – the M-55X – and a rocket spacecraft. It will have safety features like multi-redundant safety systems. The development schedule is being kept a secret by the Russian company. The civil aviation ministry has approved the project. The engineers working on the spacecraft have sorted out all the technical details with relevant federal authorities to support the operation of commercial suborbital spaceflight in UAE air space. The rulers consider this mega-project as a landmark in progress in the country. They are expecting tourists from the globe to come here and experience the spaceflight.

The project is based in Ras Al Khamiah which is in the northern part of UAE, with Oman on its border. It has one of the largest pharmaceutical firms, along with hectic real estate development in the region. Like Dubai, it is improvising on the infrastructure to attract tourists. It is also attracting commercial and industrial enterprises like Dubai. It has a free trade zone and a massive airport is coming up too. Space tourism and holidays is still in a nascent stage in other areas of the world. But with financial support, expertise and infrastructure facilities not a problem in UAE, it will become very popular soon. The rulers are leaving no stone unturned to make sure the development programs hit any snags till 2010, when they will become ready for tourists. It has luxury hotels, villas and homes for visitors to stay. It is fully equipped to take on the load during vacations.


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Virgin Galactic wants Abu Dhabi spaceport

Post by Jan on Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:50 pm

Source: http://www.emirates247.com/news/virgin-galactic-wants-abu-dhabi-spaceport-2011-02-01-1.349881

Virgin Galactic wants Abu Dhabi spaceport
Six UAE residents booked for first sur-orbital flight; First will be an Emirati



Virgin Galactic, a space enterprise funded by billionaire Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, is interested in building a spaceport in Abu Dhabi as soon as it gets requisite approvals from US authorities, a top company executive told Emirates 24|7.

“We have focused on launching and running safe commercial sub-orbital tourism flights from Spaceport America in New Mexico. However, in the future we may seek regulatory approvals from the US authorities required to take the system and operation out of the US. If we do that and are successful then Abu Dhabi is likely to be a location of particular interest,” said Stephen Attenborough, Commercial Director, Virgin Galactic.

In 2009, Aabar Investments purchased a 32 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic for $280 million.

Attenborough also added that while six UAE residents have booked a seat on Virgin’s spaceflight, the first to fly amongst the 100 commercial passengers will be an Emirati.

“We have now well in excess of 400 people from around the world who have made reservations and paid deposits for our up-coming sub-orbital spaceflights. Deposits are fully refundable and we occasionally have customers whose circumstances change resulting in reservations being cancelled, including two from the UAE a couple of years back,” he said.

Asked if Virgin Galactic had set any booking target from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, Attenborough said they don't set targets per region, but generally speaking sales have been extremely strong.
“Each day during November (2010), we saw a new Virgin Galactic future astronaut signing up for a spaceflight.”

He reiterated the company has always said it wants to make the price of flights progressively more affordable. It charges $200,000 for the trips. Each launch will have six passengers and two pilots who will fly up into sub-orbital space, stay there for five minutes and return.

Dubai-based Sharaf Travel is the only accredited space agent for the Middle East.

In a recent interview, George Whitesides, Chief Executive, Virgin Galactic, said the company is testing its space ships now and plans on sending its first commercial flight into space in 2012.

EIAST signs pact to build spacecraft

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST) and Bigelow Aerospace LLC have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to establish a next-generation commercial human spaceflight programme for Dubai and the UAE, leveraging recent advances in human spaceflight, reported 'Gulf Today'.

Both will work to create a world-class microgravity research and development programme with a potential focus on advanced biotechnology applications and a variety of other commercial space-related activities.

The two organisations will work to open the frontiers of space to all of humanity, and provide citizens of Dubai and the UAE with the unparalleled opportunity to leverage the scientific, commercial, and educational benefits of orbital human spaceflight that have been previously and primarily enjoyed only by a handful of nations.

The MoU was signed by Ahmed Al Mansoori, the director-general of EIAST, and Robert Bigelow, president of Bigelow Aerospace.

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