If you’re looking for a new experience to take care of all the spare cash burning a hole in your pocket, Richard Branson may be able to help.
The billionaire’s private space company, Virgin Galactic, has announced it is opening up the next phase of ticket sales for potential customers.
That means, for a cool £330,000 ($450,000), you can take a trip up to the edge of space and float around for a few minutes. Just like Branson himself did last year.
‘At Virgin Galactic, we believe that space is transformational,’ said Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier.
‘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.’
The spaceflight itself launches from Virgin’s ‘Spaceport America’ in the New Mexico desert.
The entire thing takes about 90 minutes, but the ‘astronauts’ will get to spend several days beforehand preparing for their flight and staying in some swanky accomodation.
As Virgin Galactic puts it: ‘guests will enjoy bespoke itineraries and world-class amenities during astronaut-specific training programs.
What’s involved in a Virgin Galactic flight?
Once strapped in to the VSS Unity craft, customers will launch beneath the wings of a carrier aircraft known as VMS Eve, named after Branson’s late mother Evette Branson.
At an altitude of about 50,000 feet (15,000 meters), Eve will drop Unity and the space plane will hit Mach-3 as it makes its own way to suborbital space.
When the crew arrives at the boundary of space, they will be weightless for four minutes and have a chance to view our planet from the Unity’s 17 windows before returning to Earth.
Once they’ve landed safely back on terra firma, the crew will be given astronaut wings and, as Virgin Galactic puts it: ‘astronauts will begin a meaningful journey to create positive impact with the perspective that can only come from seeing our beautiful planet from space.’
If you’re interested, and have the *deep breath* £100,000 deposit ready to go, you can book a seat here.
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