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Fla. resident prepares for suborbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic

How can you afford it?

I made my money as the owner of an outdoor-advertising business.

How did you get into that line of work?

An opportunity came up with Omni Outdoor Advertising while I was waiting to start law school. I thought I'd go learn something, and I needed the money. I ended up really enjoying it. I got a much broader education than I would have in law school. We just don't need any more lawyers.

When do you take off?

If flight tests go according to schedule, the first commercial runs could begin in late 2011 or 2012.

The ride will last just a couple of hours and you'll be weightless for just four or five minutes. Is it worth it?

For the perspective of being outside the atmosphere and being able to see the blackness of space -- yes, I think that view will be well worth it.

-- Kiplinger's Personal Finance


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