Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Aims To Fly Commercial Space Tourists In 2018

Posted: Apr 29 2017, 3:16am CDT | by , Updated: Apr 29 2017, 3:19am CDT, in News | Latest Science News

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic Aims to Fly Commercial Space Tourists in 2018
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  • Virgin Galactic CEO Plans to Fly Space Tourists Before the End of Next Year

The CEO of Virgin Galactic has said that the company has plans to provide space tourism in the year 2018.

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is on the right path. The space agency has plans to provide space travel for tourists and this scheme will go into action by the time 2018 rolls in.

Branson is pretty optimistic and hopeful about the entire enterprise. Trips aboard SpaceShipTwo will be a cinch soon. This space plane is meant to carry half a dozen passengers to a height of about 100 km in the stratosphere.

The passengers will be able to experience conditions of weightlessness for a brief moment during this ride to the edges of our planet’s atmosphere.

They will also get to see where our planet’s blue atmospheric sheath ends and the pitch black condition of outer space begins. Branson is being careful though since three years ago, a test flight of Virgin’s first vehicle crashed leading to a fatality.

Virgin Galactic is one of a trio of companies in the Virgin Group’s space segment. This is called Galactic Ventures. The CEO of Galactic Ventures spoke of how they were into going for test flights.

The CEO also said that the company was looking forward to shifting a major part of its staff to the state of New Mexico. New Mexico’s Spaceport America was completed about half a decade ago and it took about $220 million to get the job done.

The funding for construction purposes came from oil, gas and bonds. All this consisted of taxes levied on the relatively richer segments of society. So many New Mexicans look forward to space flights which will begin from the region in a few months time.

Another spaceship belonging to Virgin Galactic is undergoing tests in the Mojave Desert, California. Termed the VSS Unity, it has already made three test flights.

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