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These are the voyages of the starship <i>Entrepreneur</i>- boldly doing business in space.

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Although space travel is currently just for the rich,entrepreneurs will be capable of catering to a wider audience oncea commercial space station is in place-and that could be soonerthan you think. Space Island Group, based in West Covina,California, has plans to build a privately funded space shuttle andstation, complete with hotels, restaurants and attractions. Theproject costs between $1 billion and $2 billion per year.

"It's not a small venture thing," says GeneMeyers, founder and president of Space Island Group. "Butit's still just a tiny slice of what NASA spends. We can dothis because we're building on the work NASA has alreadydone."

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