Xcor Aerospace Announces First Customer For Spaceflight

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Despite a slumping economy, a California-based rocket maker announced today that a Danish adventurer will become the first customer to ride aboard its privately-funded two-seat rocket ship, designed to fly about 37 miles above Earth.

Mojave-based Xcor Aerospace is building the Lynx. The space tourism vehicle will take off and land like a normal airplane.

At a Beverly Hills news conference, the company said its first customer will be Danish investment banker Per Wimmer. He is based in London and has travelled to more than 50 countries and done everything from tandem skydiving over Mount Everest to diving with sharks.

Wimmer, who is an Xcor investor, says he considers the space trip “the ultimate trip of a lifetime” and hopes it inspires youngsters to live out their own dreams.

Xcor says it hopes Wimmer’s half-hour flight will take place in 2011 after a series of test flights.

Future trips will cost $95,000 each.