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Richard Branson is about to offer flights to the edge of space to commercial customers. A ticket will cost $250,000 for a 2.5 hour flight or about $30/second. When I attended an Obama fundraiser in August, 2007, I paid $500 for 5 seconds of his time or $100/second, three times the hourly rate of space flight.