Travel & Beyond
Outer Space Travel
Virgin Galactic Space Company
Sir Richard Branson "Reach for the Stars"
to the Stars "We've always had a dream of developing
a space tourism business and Paul Allen's vision, combined with
Burt Rutan's technological brilliance, have brought that
dream a step closer to reality. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic
— First Piloted Free Flight 2010 On October 10, 2010, VSS Enterprise — a spaceship
designed to carry fare-paying pioneers on a journey to the stars — completed its first piloted free flight in Mojave, CA.
— First "Captive Carry" Flight 2010 On March 22, 2010, VSS Enterprise completed its first "captive carry" flight from Mojave Air and Spaceport.
The program will continue thru' 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent glide, then on to powered flight, before commercial flights begin.
Virgin Galactic, a new company established
by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group, announced
plans to build — and launch — the first of Virgin’s
fleet of Spaceships — the VSS Enterprise, a spaceship
designed to carry fare-paying pioneers on a journey to the stars.
Virgin Group entered into an
agreement to license the technology to develop the world’s
first privately funded spaceships dedicated to carrying commercial
passengers on space flights. The technology is currently owned
by a Paul Allen company, called Mojave Aerospace Ventures, and
was originally developed to fulfil Paul Allen’s vision of
building the world’s first privately funded, reusable space
VSS Enterprise, First Manned Free Flight
SpaceShipOne, which was
solely funded by Paul G. Allen, was designed by aviation legend
Burt Rutan and built by his company, Scaled Composites.
In July 2009, at the world's largest private air show
in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Richard Branson took his first
flight in the mothership which will launch Virgin Galactic's
space tourism and science customers into space. The space vehicle — known
as VMS Eve — is designed to launch SpaceShip Two above
heights of 50,000 ft. VMS Eve will make its first "captive carry"
flight with SpaceShip Two attached by the end of 2009.
Virgin Galactic Virgin Galactic will become the world’s
first commercial space tourism operator.
Within five years, Virgin Galactic
will have created over 3,000 new astronauts from many countries.
Many of these countries have not had the funds to date to compete
with the government funded space programs of the super powers.
Subject to appropriate government
approvals, Virgin Galactic plans to construct launch pads for commercial
space ships in a number
of countries over the next few years.
The flight will last about 2 1/2 hours. During this time you will
experience about five minutes of weightlessness.
Space flights will launch from New Mexico
Space Travel Cost
Tickets cost $200,000. Deposits start from $20,000.
As of 2010, the company has signed up 250 Virgin Galactic astronauts.