Was in the audience when Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, was asked if he'd like to go into space. He replied, "Hell no!" and went on to explain that there was no doubt he'd have heart failure from terror and end up being the first buried on the mooon, to the space crews' disgust. So....
From Voice of San Diego.org :
Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005
Local spaceship closer to reality?
Poway-based SpaceDev announced Wednesday their concept for a craft that would support sub-orbital space tourism and could take crews to the International Space Station.
The six-passenger "Dream Chaser," as it has been dubbed, would combine existing designs and technologies in efforts to lower both costs and risks. The craft will be lighter, but same in size as NASA's Langley 10-passenger HL-20 Personnel Launch System. The craft's design would feature non-explosive, rubber-burning hybrid rocket motors.
SpaceDev signed an agreement with NASA Ames Research Center in 2004 to investigate possible designs for safe and affordable flights. The initial blueprint calls for sub-orbital test flights by 2008.