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My Trip In Space

Ben Riecken is looking for a ticket to ride. While other traditional tourists are willing to plunk down $200 or so to fly our friendly skies a few hundred miles away, Mr. Riecken is looking for $200,000 for a ticket to ride into space.

As a flight instructor from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Ben Riecken is no novice when it comes to air travel. In 2003, he set a record in Florida by landing a Cessna 172 in the 105 hard surface airports in the state within 48 hours. In 2006, Mr. Riecken piloted along with a student a Seneca V small general aircraft across the North Atlantic.

Ben Riecken in Mojave, California

Recently, Mr. Riecken received the privilege to visit Burt Rutan, designer of SpaceShipOne (SS1), in the California Mojave Desert and pilot the SpaceShipOne simulator. The SpaceShipOne simulator offers as close to a real world experience as one can get without the peril of actual space travel.

Ben Riecken recently launched his own website at MyTripInSpace.com to finance the trip in space with Virgin Galactic on SpaceShipTwo. He designed this website after being invited by Brian Binnie, SpaceShipOne astronaut, two years ago to see SS1 and realizing that the Average Joe is very close to finally be able to rocket in space.

To finance this trip, Mr. Riecken is selling pixels as advertisement where advertisers can put a logo, message and link. This link will redirect traffic to the advertiser's website. For those in this industry, this is a cost effective advertisement that will last at least 5 years.

Media attention and traffic have been growing since the opening of the website. The story was featured on NBC and FOX affiliates, General Aviation News and Aero News. Several other articles will also be published in the near future.

The latest update is that the website stayed up for a year or two but has since been taken down and a Japanese company has bought the domain name.

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