If you watched Virgin Galactic is opening up spaceflight ticket reservations to the general public starting Wednesday.in the , thought "I want that to be me!" and have an extra half million US dollars kicking around, then your time has come.
"We plan to have our first 1,000 customers on board at the start of commercial service later this year, providing an incredibly strong foundation as we begin regular operations and scale our fleet," said Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier in a statement Tuesday.
The total cost of a spaceflight reservation is $450,000 (£330,000, AU$630,000). The initial deposit required to hold a slot on a future spaceplane journey is $150,000 (£110,000, AU$210,000).
Virgin Galactic's 90-minute spaceflight experience takes off from Spaceport America in New Mexico and promises amenities like luxury accommodations during the several days of training leading up to takeoff. The spaceship reaches the edge of space, rather than an orbital journey like visitors to the International Space Station go through. For Virgin Galactic's guests, it works out to several minutes of out-of-seat weightlessness during the flight.
Amazon founder and others to the edge of space and , Branson may be right. Space is in reach of more people that ever before... if you have the money.and declared it "the dawn of a new space age." With