Over the weekend, for the first time ever, a privately funded rocket hit space. SpaceX's Falcon 1 lifted off from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific, shed it's booster rocket and cleared earth's atmosphere and made it into orbit.
SpaceX is planning a second two-stage, rocket , Falcon 9. Falcon 9 is designed to boost 9,900 kg to low earth orbit, and 4,900 kg to geostationary transfer orbit. they're also planning a model with a pressurized cabin, to presumably allow for riders. Sweeet!
Here's some amazing video.