Virgin Galactic ready for lift off
February 17th, 2014 by elisa

Fancy jetting off into space? Well if $200,000 is pocket change to you, then join the other 700 people who have already booked Virgin Galactic’s first commercial flights.

Virgin boss, Sir Richard Branson, said that the flights will be ready for blast off ‘within months’.

Speaking at a United Arab Emirates’ government summit, he said that US authorities are likely to grant a commercial aviation license within three months.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip 2 recently completed a third successful rocket-powered test over the Mojave Desert. Sir Richard said the “ultimate end-game for Virgin Galactic” is to run rocket-powered flights between London and Australia cutting flight times by over 80%.

“Obviously if we could fly to Australia in a couple of hours, that would give us a massive advantage over anybody else” he said, cautiously adding that the reality of point to point Virgin Galactic flights is well over a decade away.

For a pretty exciting promo video of how it works, go to the Virgin Galactic website (where you can also book tickets!).

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