Richard Branson's flagship commercial space company is set to start flights in December 2013.
Branson himself will be on board the first two-hour sub-orbital voyage along with his family to mark the launch. To date over 529 people have signed up for a seat on one of Virgin Galactic's trips at $200,000 a head, it is thought that the company will be able to accommodate 600,000 passengers overall within the first two years of service.
"It'll certainly be the most momentous moment of my life and my children's lives," said Branson. "It'll be very difficult to ever cap it I think. Anyone who has ever been into space says the same thing."
"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."
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