Scaled Composites has announced plans to launch the world's first privately funded manned spaceflight, on June 21st. Their little spaceplane, "Spaceship One", has already flown at mach 2.5, at over 200,000 feet, and the June 21st flight will be at 100km altitude. Looks like Burt Rutan will win the X-prize after all. And I had such hopes for Armadillo Aerospace.
I am starting a space agency. I will call it "ASASA" (Arab Street Aeronautics & Space Association), and our goal will be to launch selected individuals on one-way trips to space. People currently on the VIP priority list include Ariel Sharon, GW Bush, Yasser Arafat, Hosni Mubarak, Osama Bin Laden, and Donald Rumsfeld. If you want to participate in or contribute to this important space effort please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org