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Space travelling attracts Slovaks

A HANDFUL of Slovaks and Czechs are among the several hundred travellers who are eagerly awaiting their trips into space. After a private spaceship designed to carry space tourists passed its testing phase, passengers can now embark on their journey into space, the Hospodárske Noviny economy daily wrote on May 5.

A HANDFUL of Slovaks and Czechs are among the several hundred travellers who are eagerly awaiting their trips into space. After a private spaceship designed to carry space tourists passed its testing phase, passengers can now embark on their journey into space, the Hospodárske Noviny economy daily wrote on May 5.

“If everything goes according to plan, Slovaks will travel into space some weeks after the first trip, which means sometime during the first half of next year,” Roman Jonáš, the owner of Typ Agency, a company representing British business mogul Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic in Slovakia and the Czech Republic, told the daily.

A total of six space tourists from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, paying $200,000 each, have already bought tickets.

“Four of them are in the first 500, thus they will look into space earlier,” said Jonáš. “The remaining two are lower on the waiting list. For the time being we are negotiating with the other four.”

Among the potential Slovak space travellers is Patrik Tkáč, one of the owners of the J&T group.

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