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Another kind of space travel may help with cancellation of space program

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER   --  The end of NASA's shuttle program was a blow not just to space enthusiasts but to the local economy around the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
A new partnership with a private aerospace company is raising hopes that space travel and some jobs could be returning.

It's just the thrust the space coast needs post shuttle program -- and coming soon to the Kennedy Space Center -- rocket planes, along with much needed jobs.

Xcor Aerospace -- based in California -- says adventurous tourists will be able to hop on board starting in 2015.
After three minutes you're at Mach 3 and a half, continue up to 350,000 feet. You're wearing a pressure suit, a real astronaut experience.

The two seater craft is called the Lynx -- and for a mere 95,000 dollars, anyone can ride with an experienced astronaut pilot to sub orbit.

They envision up to four flights a day.
It starts at the KSC's 15,000 foot long, 300 foot wide, runway -- the spot where 78 orbiters returned to earth until 2011.

The difference here -- these planes are taking off and landing.
But if the company is testing them in California's Mojave Desert -- why fly here?

Imagine 30 something million visitors coming to Central Florida, the home of human spaceflight. And the employee base is so good here, they know how to do things the right way.

Taking advantage of former shuttle workers -- the company needs technicians, engineers and operational personnel based in Brevard County.

They expect to hire more than 150 people by 2018.
NASA just announced its goal of working with Space Florida -- the group which helped to lure Xcor here.

Space Florida will now oversee the SLF, to bring similar companies to the area.
We look forward to enhancing and facilitating the new suborbital launch providers.
And with one already 'booked' -- when will more take flight?