China has revealed its ambitious plan to send commercial tour groups into space in less than a decade's time.
Aerospace manufacturer, ChinaRocket, said it hoped to fly passengers to an altitude between 120 and 140 kilometres (75 and 87 miles) with a large space plane from 2025, reported People's Daily Online.
The state-owned company is also building a smaller space plane that can take tourists to as high as 80 kilometres (50 miles) in the air from 2020.
ChinaRocket revealed its three-step strategy to develop the country's space tourism industry during an aerospace forum in Zhuhai on October 31.
SAMSUNG NOTE 7, Seoul, South Korea, a day ago
2025, not really far from now. I hope to see some very good hotels located outer space, like Holiday inn, Hyatt or Hilton. Are they thinking expanding their branches to Mars or any other planet yet...
BruteForce, London, United Kingdom, a day ago
The dragon has awoke.