Virgin Galactic Sells Space Trips: How Much Do They Cost?

Virgin Galactic announced that it is resuming ticket sales starting at $450000

They will cost almost twice as much as the 600 you already have sold. The company is committed to launching 400 flights per year and per space base in the long term.

Virgin Galactic announced that it is resuming ticket sales starting at $450,000 to take people into space, as it did on its maiden flight with its founder, British billionaire Richard Branson.

The new price is roughly double the $200,000 to $250,000 paid by some 600 people who previously reserved seats on the rocket, the AFP news agency reported.

The company hopes to capitalize on the success of last month’s full-crew test flight, in which Branson beat Jeff Bezos and his company Blue Origin in a space race between billionaires.

The rocket used, which left Spaceport America’s base in the New Mexico desert, was originally designed to carry six passengers, but although it was described as “fully manned,” it only carried four.

“We are pleased to announce the reopening of sales starting today,” said the company’s CEO, Michael Colglazier, in a statement, clarifying that those on the waiting list will have priority.

“As we strive to bring the wonder of space to a broad world population, we are delighted to open the door to a completely new industry and consumer experience,” he adds.

After a period of “upgrade” of the carrier aircraft, another flight is planned with a full crew. Finally, the first commercial flight of private astronauts will take place “at the end of the third quarter” of 2022, Colglazier said.

“Our goal is to offer near-daily space flights, and not just from New Mexico but from various locations around the world,” said Doug Ahrens, Virgin Galactic’s chief financial officer.

The next flight will be in September and will carry members of the Italian Air Force who paid for their passage.

Virgin Galactic uses a huge carrier ship (VMS Eve) that takes off from a traditional runway and launches a rocket (VSS Unity) similar to a private jet into the air.

The rocket starts its engine until it exceeds 80 kilometers in altitude and glides down. At its peak altitude, passengers can loosen their seatbelts and experience a few minutes in zero gravity.

The company is committed to launching 400 flights per year and per space base in the long term, AFP concluded.