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Space travel more affordable in Hong Kong

Anuradha Shukla | July 10, 2013
Space Expedition Corporation to open head office in the city.

Space tourism has become more affordable for those living in Hong Kong as Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) announces its expansion into Asia.

SXC’s head office will be based in Hong Kong and the company will work to make space travel more accessible and affordable for people who want to explore territories beyond our atmosphere. 

The opening of SXC Asia, the Asia division of the company, will ensure effective handling of all the sales and marketing initiatives in the region. This division is also responsible for recruiting and training Space Tourism Specialists.

This strategic move has made travel more accessible for SXC's customers in Asia and strengthened the company’s customer network in the region.

“Investment in commercial space products and travel services is growing rapidly and SXC plays a big role in driving the development of the space tourism industry,” said Michiel Mol, CEO of SXC. “As a leader in this space and to stay ahead of the game, it made perfect sense for us to expand geographically to reach prospects in markets like China and Hong Kong, where we see increased curiosity and interest.”

Milestone in the space tourism industry

Tourists purchasing the SXC ASIA Founder package will get a night at the Peninsula Hong Kong, four nights accommodation at a five-star resort in Curacao and XCOR Lynx Mark II spaceflight to sub-orbital space.

The current XCOR Lynx Mark I test spacecraft will take all tourists 60km above sea level, close to the edge of space. The other spacecraft called the XCOR Lynx Mark II will take all passengers beyond 100km into sub-orbital space. 

The XCOR Lynx spacecraft is powered by four liquid fuelled re-ignitable rocket engines, and according to SXC, does not depend on a mother ship to launch towards its destination.

The first commercial participant will fly into sub-space by mid 2014 in the XCOR spacecraft, which is much more environmentally friendly than a traditional rocket engine.

The "Founder Astronaut Package" is available for US$216,572 exclusively to SXC customers in Asia.

“With the extended team in Asia, we are a step closer to realising our vision -- to make space travel accessible for everyone and offer participants a life-changing experience in viewing planet Earth,” said Mol.

 

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