XCOR Aerospace
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XCOR Aerospace

This private, Mojave-based company is the closest competitor to Virgin Galactic. Its two-seat Lynx suborbital spaceship is the size of a private jet, can launch from a runway, and will make several space trips per day. The descent will be a glide-and-circle pattern – picture a corkscrew – to ease its reentry through the atmosphere.
Ticket price: $95,000
Launch date for tourists: Within two years