British billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has announced that it will resume ticket sales for tourist space tours and that prices start at $450,000, having doubled compared to a few years ago. The announcement comes just weeks after Richard traveled into space. Four passengers plus two pilots can participate in the flight.
Yesterday Virgin Galatic also released the financial results for the second quarter of 2021. “In the second quarter we made significant progress towards the start of commercial service in 2022. We completed two successful trips from New Mexico, the most recent with a complete crew with experts in the cabin, which earned us a great deal of media exposure and consumer response”, can be read in the company’s results report.
“Taking advantage of the increased consumer interest following the Unity 22 flight, we are excited to announce the reopening of sales starting today, starting with our Spacefarer community,” said Michael Colglazier, chief executive of Virgin Galactic. He adds, still in a statement: “As we strive to bring the wonder of space to a vast world population, we are pleased to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience.”
The announcement of space travel did not come unexpectedly, as previously company officials had announced that they would resume ticket sales as soon as company founder Richard Branson flew into space on SpaceShipTwo.
Colglazier confessed that he hopes to sell a “significant” number of seats, but has not come up with an estimate.
However, Virgin Galactic will also begin test flights in the second half of 2022 of the VSS Imagine, the first SpaceShipIII vehicle, which was unveiled in March. In September, the company will also launch Unity 23, a new rocket launching at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Source: Space News