Commercial space travel

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    Video caption: The interior design of Virgin Galactic's rocket plane

    Fare-paying passengers will have big windows to view space from the vehicle's cabin.

  2. Space clash: Nasa faces off with Florida county

    The Endeavour launched in 2011 from Florida's Cape Canaveral
    Image caption: The Endeavour launched in 2011 from Florida's Cape Canaveral

    SpaceX and Nasa are urging spectators to stay away from next Wednesday's rocket launch on Florida's Space Coast.

    But officials in Brevard County, home of the Kennedy Space Center, hope the event will help boost tourism to the state, where visitor revenue is down sharply during the pandemic.

    In a news conference with reporters earlier this month, Nasa Administrator Jim Bridenstine noted that previous launches had brought hundreds of thousands of sightseers to Florida beaches.

    But Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has actively encouraged visitors, as long as they practise social distancing.

    "We are not going to keep the great Americans that want to come watch that from coming here," Ivey said.

    "If Nasa is telling people to not come here and watch the launch, that's on them. I'm telling people what I believe as an American. And so Nasa has got their guidelines, and I got mine."

    The 27 May launch of a SpaceX rocket with two astronauts aboard will be the first launch of astronauts from US soil since the end of the US space shuttle program in 2011.

  3. To boldly go, or not? Your views

    People watch a Virgin Galactic test flight
    Image caption: Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two takes off for a test flight in 2018

    Business Live readers have been in touch about their ambitions to travel (or not) into space.

    It follows on from the news that Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space after a surge in demand.

    Jack Barfoot from Hampshire said that a ticket would be "one of the first things" he would buy if money were no object.

    He added: "I'm not sure seeing the earth from that far up could be rivalled."

    But Suzanne Lantos said: "We don't deserve to be up there until we've tidied up this place!"

    She recommended spending the money on environmental projects instead.

    Do you agree? Let us have your views at bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

  4. Would you take one small step?

    Julie Hill
    Image caption: Julie Hill, chair of the UCI Foundation, will be one of the world's first "astro-tourists" with Virgin Galactic

    Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space after a big increase in demand from potential astronauts.

    It's sold more than 600 tickets so far. They retailed at $250,000 apiece for its inaugural flight.

    If money were no object, would you travel into space? Or would you rather spend on seeing more down-to-earth sights? We'd love to hear your comments. Get in touch with us on bizlivepage@bbc.co.uk

  5. Wanted: Out of this world girlfriend

    Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks near a Falcon 9 rocket during the announcement by Elon Musk to be the first private passenger who will fly around the Moon.

    Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a female "life partner" to accompany him on Space X's maiden tourist voyage to the Moon.

    The fashion mogul is set to be first civilian passenger to fly around the moon on the Starship rocket.

    Planned for 2023, the mission will be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.

    In an online appeal, Mr Maezawa says he wants to share the experience with a "special" woman.

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    Video caption: SpaceX prototype rocket ruptures during testing in Texas

    A prototype rocket ruptured era while undergoing pressure testing at Boca Chica, Texas on Wednesday.