Superrich Still Want to Fly to Space

DAVOS, Switzerland — The economic downturn has not dampened rich people's enthusiasm for space tourism, the world's first commercial space flight company said.

"Business is good," said Eric Anderson, CEO of Space Adventures.

The U.S. company has sold seats worth about $175 million on Russian rockets to the international space station and is preparing to send businessman Charles Simonyi into space for the second time in March. Space Adventures reached a deal with the Federal Space Agency last year to launch its own private trip to the station in 2011.

Anderson is hoping to drum up more business among the business elite in Davos, but customers should not expect any crisis-time bargains. A trip to the space station costs $35 million to $45 million. For an extra $10 million, customers have the chance to be the first private citizens to walk in space.