Just under a month after Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson made a successful flight into space, just ahead of space tourism rival Jeff Bezos, the company opened sales to the public to purchase a ticket to space. Seat prices start at $ 450,000. “Pricing for these offers will start at $ 450,000 per seat,” Virgin Galactic said in a statement that “sales will initially be open to the early bird list.” Virgin said Thursday it was moving toward starting paid flights next year. The company will sell individual seats, packages and complete flights.
Billionaire Branson had flown 88 km over the New Mexico desert, from the remote Virgin Galactic base where he developed and tested his passenger space flights, during a suborbital flight aboard the plane, the company’s special rocket on July 11. After experiencing a brief period of weightlessness, Branson returned safely to Earth on the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight into space, a symbolic milestone for a business that started there at age 17.
“Nothing can prepare you for the view from space”
In doing so, he became the first of would-be “space baron” billionaires, including SpaceX’s Elon Musk, to officially call himself an astronaut in the United States, despite criticism that his money and effort could be better spent on it. . Earth. “What a day … what a day, what a day, what a day,” Branson had said after landing on the runway. “I’ve dreamed of this moment since I was a child, but nothing can prepare you for the view from space,” he said.
The next flight
Virgin Galactic’s next space flight is scheduled for late September in New Mexico with the Italian Air Force. Virgin Galactic announced the deals, reporting Thursday that it lost $ 94 million in the second quarter due to increased selling, general and administrative expenses. The company had sales of $ 571,000, just enough to cover a seat on a future flight.