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Japanese startup closes in on dream of space tours

PD Aerospace to test planes with goal of zero-gravity manned flights by 2023

Japanese spaceflight startup PD Aerospace plans to test-fly an unmanned space plane to an altitude of 100km by the end of 2019.

TOKYO -- Japanese spaceflight startup PD Aerospace plans to test an unmanned space plane with the goal of achieving manned spaceflights by 2023. The Nagoya-based company said it will speed up development of unmanned suborbital space planes, with test flights set for 2019.

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