Space entrepreneur upbeat about project despite delay in sending first Singaporean to space

Singaporean space entrepreneur Lim Seng and his space capsule.
Singaporean space entrepreneur Lim Seng and his space capsule.PHOTO: JONATHAN PEARLMAN

ALICE SPRINGS - For the past five years, Singaporean space entrepreneur Lim Seng has been working tirelessly - and spending millions of his own dollars - to send the first Singaporean into space from a remote site in central Australia.

The elaborate plan involves using a high-altitude helium balloon to launch a tiny capsule - containing a Singaporean astronaut - into the stratosphere. The capsule would ascend above the Armstrong line, an altitude of about 20km, and reach a height of some 25km before being detached from the balloon and descending to earth with a parachute.

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