LEMITAR, N.M. (KRQE) – A New Mexico scientist is hoping to take tourists visiting Spaceport America for rides in man made flying saucers.
Lindsay Quarrie is the Chairman of Space Sciences Corp., a Lemitar based research and development company, that has signed on as a distributor of the m200, a flying saucer and other experimental aircraft.
Right now Quarrie has his sights set on Spaceport America for the first commercial saucer rides.
“Visitors could come and they could fly on this ‘HALO’ as we call it, a hover airlift and logistics operations vehicle which would take them up about 10 feet and take them across the desert,” Quarrie said.
It’s called the ‘Flying Saucer Experience’ and Quarrie said it would fit in perfectly at Spaceport America’s Visitor’s Center which is set to open sometime in the Fall of 2012.
How much the flying saucer rides will cost has not been decided yet but Quarrie said it will be a lot cheaper than Virgin Galactic’s space flights.
“It’s going to be affordable, it won’t cost $200,000,” said Quarrie.
Space Sciences Corp., is in the process of pitching the ‘Flying Saucer Experience’ to the Spaceport Authority.
If they get on board, Quarrie is certain it will be a hit.
“Who wouldn’t want to come see a flying saucer, get their photo taken in a flying saucer,” he said.
The saucers are in the prototype phase, right now they are built in California, but Quarries said he wants to bring production to his secure facility in Lemitar.
“Our plan is to bring them here, to take advantage of some of the incentives the state has to offer for research and development,” he said.
In the meantime Quarrie is working toward showing off the flying saucer at Spaceport America with a demonstration flight sometime next year.
Quarrie said eventually he would like to see the flying saucers used to transport payloads or for search and rescue missions.
The saucers are not regulated by the FAA if they are flown below 500 feet on private property or below 10 feet on public lands.
For more information about the work Space Sciences Corp. does, check out their website,http://www.spacesciencescorp.com/
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