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Paris, FRANCE: TO GO WITH AFP STORY IN FRENCH BY DOMINIQUE BEAUJOUIN :"Astrium prepare un avion-fusee pour developper le tourisme spatial". A picture taken 13 June 2007 in Paris shows the inside part of the mock-up of the future tourism plane-rocket, made by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company EADS Astrium branch. The group plans to have a space tourist plane in operation by 2012. The vessel, which EADS plans to start developing next year, would provide tourists with a 90-minute suborbital flight, including three minutes of weightlessness at an altitude of more than 100 kilometres (62 miles), Francois Auque, the president of EADS Astrium, told reporters 13 June 2007 in Paris. The fare could be "around 150,000 to 200,000 euros (199,000-265,000 dollars) for this suborbital flight, while it costs 25 million dollars for the few space tourists flying in the narrow capsule of the Russian rocket Soyuz," Auque said. AFP PHOTO OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI (Photo credit should read OLIVIER LABAN-MATTEI/AFP via Getty Images)
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