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In 2008, Jules Klar founded Rocket Ship Tours. I had the pleasure of meeting him at a Las Vegas Luxury Show. The concept was a one on one experience in a designed rocketship for suborbital space. He initiated a partnership with XCOR who subsequently took over ownership after Mr. Klar passed in 2011.
The tour pre-sold at $95,000 selling 175 flights of one to one experience inclusive LYNX Mark II, astronaut, space suit, simulated preparation for space travel, jet travel and accommodations.
In 2016, XCOR laid off a large portion of their workers.
Initially, as part of their first sales team, the product was open to the professional travel consultants. The market for space tourism was very difficult to promote. The company offered brochures only, one day training, no marketing support.
The experience fit into the category of "Extreme Adventure."
Discussion is welcomed for competitive companies, and development of Space Tourism.