Local man prepares for space journey

You could say that Scott Borden is living his dream. The Mission Hills resident is on his way to becoming one of the first civilian astronauts.

"It's just been really amazing to watch and be a part of it," Borden told 10News from Mojave, Calif. on Wednesday.

The former travel agent has reserved his seat to ride in one of two spaceships: Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo or SpaceShipTwo.

"Here we are just maybe a year away from the first commercial space flights," he added with excitement.

For the past year, 10News has been following Borden's journey.

On Wednesday, Borden was five hours north of San Diego in the Mojave Desert at Virgin Galactic's Final Assembly Integration and Test Hangar (FAITH).

There, he and hundreds of other future astronauts were learning details about their upcoming flight from Sir Richard Branson and Abu Dhabi's aabar Investments PJS, owners of the world's first commercial spaceline.

Borden was also getting up an up-close look at the spaceships.

"They are literally building these spaceships from the ground up," he added.

But he is also learning details about his upcoming medical evaluations, meeting the pilots and other future astronauts. To date, more than 700 people from around the world are waiting to go.

"I just had lunch with people from Hong Kong and traveled on the bus this morning sitting next to man from Switzerland and another fellow from Russia," he said.

To buy a coveted seat on one of the flights is not cheap. It cost Borden $200,000 for the upcoming 90-minute flight.

Borden knows he is fortunate, but he adds that he worked hard and was a good saver. 

He said that not a day goes by that he does not think about the flight.

"Anytime I look up at the sky, I think, 'Wow… just beyond this blue is black, and I'm going to be up there someday!"

That someday is soon. He is slated to go in winter 2015.


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