Designed by Marc Newson, the Astrium will take people into space for three hours and passengers will be charged up to $265,000 for a ticket when commercial flights start in 2012

Core77 points us to an Astrium leisure spacecraft with interiors (and some exterior elements) designed by Marc Newson. The Astrium will take people into space for three hours and passengers will be charged up to $265,000 for a ticket when commercial flights start in 2012. The IHT says:

When Astrium contacted Newson’s design studio in early January, it had already completed the engineering of the spaceplane as a single craft with both jet and rocket engines. Most of the other leisure spacecraft will consist of a mother ship and a rocket. Astrium’s jet engines will take the spaceplane, its pilot and four passengers to 15,000 meters, or about 49,000 feet, the rocket engine will power it to 60,000 meters, and the craft will then float up to zero gravity at 100,000 meters. It will return to Earth under its own power, landing like a conventional aircraft.

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