Rocketplane plans space rocket rides from Hawaii

Associated Press reports that Rocketplane Kistler Inc. wants to use Hawaii as its launching pad to send intrepid tourists up 330,000 feet to the edge of outer space.

The company hopes to start testing modified business jets next year that would take off from a commercial runway and then use rocket packs to carry them into space. And the company is looking to have the rides up and away by 2010 with tickets initially costing about $250,000.

Still needed are full financing for the venture and an official commitment of support from the state.

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