Even though you haven’t seen this whole world, we are sure you wouldn’t mind a trip into the galaxy, among the stars and the planets. Doesn’t it sound fantastic?
If you like the idea and always dreamed about doing something like this, is time for you to save some money, because Virgin chief Richard Branson has put a time frame on his plan to launch tourists into space, claiming he and his family will blaze a trail for hundreds of fare-paying passengers by blasting off in December 2013.
Speaking at the UK’s Farnborough International Airshow, the British entrepreneur said his adult children, Holly and Sam, would accompany him on board the SpaceShipTwo on its pioneering two-hour voyage into sub-orbital space.
The flight will last two hours and it costs $200.000 –a-seat. According to CNN, Virgin Galactic’s space ship can carry two pilots and six passengers.
Moreover, Branson acknowledged the existing price tag means that his goal of opening space travel up to ordinary people was some way off. He insisted, however, that it would drop over the next few decades as Virgin’s space ambitions went further.
“The initial flights will be sub-orbital, which will give people a taste of space,” he said. “From there we’ll go into orbital flights and maybe one day hotels in space“.
So we better keep out hopes up and who knows, like Branson said, in a few years the costs will drop down.
However, it’s amazing that we live in a world where these kind of things have all the chances to transform into reality, don’t you think so?