Space Expedition Corporation (SXC) has brought
its exciting plans for space tourism to Asia, with a regional head
office in Hong Kong.
The Asia division of the company - SXC Asia -
will be responsible for all the sales and marketing initiatives in
the region, including recruiting and training highly qualified
Space Tourism Specialists.
The expansion will strengthen SXC’s
customer network in Asia, especially in Greater China, and take
SXC one step closer to making space travel more accessible and
Michiel Mol, CEO of SXC said, “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. 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.”
Alex Tang, the appointed CEO of SXC Asia, will head up the
Asia operation and work closely with Michiel and his team to expand SXC’s footprint in the region.
“We are extremely excited to
have Alex on board to support our Asia expansion plans” said Michiel. “With the extended team in Asia, we are a step closer to
realizing our vision – to make space travel accessible for
everyone and offer participants a life-changing experience in
viewing planet Earth.”
SXC Asia is selling flights under
the SXC General Sales Agent relationship with the prominent
aerospace company XCOR Aerospace.
XCOR is expected to fly the
first commercial participant into sub-space (60km above sea level)
by mid 2014 aboard the XCOR Lynx prototype vehicle called Lynx
The Lynx Mark II Production model will take participants
into space (100 km above sea level) approximately 12 months after
the Lynx Mark I commences commercial service.
In the Lynx, the
participant will sit in the ‘co-pilot’ seat alongside the
pilot-astronaut. Together with its 4-square meter wide cockpit
canopy, the participant will be able to
enjoy an optimal view of the earth and space.
A 1:1.5 model of the XCOR Lynx Mark II will be on display at the entrance of The Arcade, Cyberport,
from 13 July 2013 until late August.
SXC’s Asia launch, the company has unveiled a special “SXC ASIA
Founder Astronaut Package”. Founders are the first 100
participants to travel on the XCOR Lynx Mark II beyond the
internationally recognized boundary to space (100km above sea
level). The cost of the “Founder Astronaut Package” is
HK$1,680,000 and is exclusive to SXC customers in Asia.
The SXC ASIA Founder package includes:
- A night
at the Peninsula Hong Kong with Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine
transfer to the airport
- Flight on an Airbus A330 Corporate
Private Jet to and from Curacao spaceport (departure point - Hong
- XCOR Lynx Mark II spaceflight to sub-orbital space
4-night accommodation at a 5-star resort in Curacao
SXC welcome pack, gala dinner and awards ceremony
- A 1:24
spacecraft model and a 1:12 figurine of the founder as a SXC
- Founder’s name carved on a monument at the Curacao
- One Luminox space watch
SXC will carry out flights into space using two
The current XCOR Lynx Mark I test spacecraft
will take participants 60km above sea level, close to the edge of
space while the XCOR Lynx Mark II will travel beyond 100km into sub-orbital space.
Powered by 4 liquid fueled re-ignitable rocket
engines, the XCOR Lynx spacecraft does not have to depend on a
mother ship to launch.
The spaceflight experience starts
immediately from T+1. It reaches Mach 1 at T+60 seconds and Mach
2.9 at T+180 seconds.
Unlike traditional rocket engines,
the XCOR spacecraft are much more environmentally friendly. Its
body is constructed of lightweight materials, and is powered by
common bio-fuels and reusable rocket propulsion. The engines are
designed for more than 5,000 flights instead of just 1, which is a
breakthrough in the history of rocket development.
From 2015 on, Space
Expedition Corporation (SXC) is aiming to perform daily commercial
flights into space.
XCOR and SXC have sold over 250 tickets so far.
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