Excalibur Almaz, a British firm has announced that it would blast travelers into lunar orbit whoever buys the ticket for £100m. Isle of Man-based Excalibur Almaz will launch this exotic and adventurous trip to moon to give the public an astronaut-like experience. Your historic trip to the Moon would be in the year 2015. Space tourists till now travelled up to the International Space Station in low orbit. Neil Armstrong was the first person to step on the moon for which whole human race took credit for incredible achievement. Now you can go to the Moon with advanced technology but only after finishing astronaut training such as emergency measures and tackling weightlessness. The moon tour would last for four months.
The tourist will dock in one of the space stations; from where they will be blasted into lunar orbit which takes you 234,000 miles away from home. According to Art Dula, founder of the firm, and space entrepreneur, there are more customers who are interested to go beyond low earth orbit than the destination of just LEO. Just going space station does not work on profit basis for the company. The station is allowed to use electric propulsion by orbits which make its way easily into moon orbits. Excalibur had purchased two space stations and four recycled reentry capsules from NPO Mashinostroyenia, a Russian firm.
The trip looks like more of a private expedition than sightseeing trip. The package offers necessary training and computer controlled skill needed to pilot for flying. Three people could fly to the moon, orbiting the moon surface, and then return to earth. The EA fleet had flown many times to space which is designed to stay in the space thousands of hours. Mr Dula has chosen the Isle of Man just not for tax benefits; it is a hub where about thirty companies of space satellites are located on the island.