Virgin to cross the final frontier

PART of Richard Branson’s Virgin group of companies, Virgin Galactic plans to give passengers the chance to be an astronaut in a few years, when it starts offering sub-orbital flights.

Virgin Galactic will be offering sub-orbital flights aboard SpaceShipTwo.

Virgin Galactic will be offering sub-orbital flights aboard SpaceShipTwo.

Based at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, the trips will take place on board a vessel called SpaceShipTwo, which will be piggybacked to a height of 16 kilometres by a carrier aircraft.
At that point, SpaceShipTwo will separate and continue upwards to over 100 kilometres – the point where ‘space’ begins.
Passengers will experience four minutes of weightlessness, during which time they can undo their belts and float in zero gravity, before the spacecraft glides back to terra firma.
The entire journey, from take-off to touchdown, will last around two hours.
A precise date for the launch of the flights is yet to be announced, but interested parties can make advance bookings with a deposit of £12,500 against the full ticket price of £125,000.

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