Virgin Galactic is planning daily leisure space flights for tourists

A few days ago, the British billionaire Richard Branson managed a short flight into space with the VSS Unity spacecraft, which was built with an engine by the company he founded. In fact, in this he “defeated” Jeff Bezos who plans to make the same flight on July 20 with Blue Origin.

The VSS Unity spacecraft carried, in addition to Branson, two more pilots and three employees of the company. This is a historic flight and the billionaire has no plans to stop here. Virgin Galactic will make two more test flights and plans to start regular commercial operations from the beginning of 2022.

What does this mean; That the company aspires to make up to 400 flights a year from Spaceport America, ie about one flight a day. Branson’s trip had one goal: to prove that space travel is possible for private companies.

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Michael Colglazier, the company’s chief executive, declined to give a specific timetable but the move is not expected to happen until 2022, as he explained that the company plans to replace the aircraft with which Branson traveled, with two other news, which are designed to be easier to operate and maintain.

At the same time, to achieve such an ambitious plan, additional investments are required. Thus, Virgin Galactic announced that it will proceed with the sale of new shares worth $ 500 million. In addition, the company is already looking for new aircraft launch sites in addition to the one already established in New Mexico.

Since Branson’s successful trip, some 600 tickets have already been sold to people from 60 different countries – including Hollywood celebrities – for $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 each. He keeps repeating that “space belongs to all of us”. Of course, only the privileged of this world have this opportunity, at least for now.

Source:

www.ft.com/content/0d9c9174-9374-4c48-a25b-3ae7dd6764b3


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