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Virgin Galactic flights to blast off in 2013

Posted on Thursday, 12 July, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf

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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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Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 12 July, 2012, 13:46
Wish I had the money. Oh, and the nerve. I can remember my jetliner flights above the clouds, and how amazing I felt when on the ground looking up from where I just came from. Damn birds, I hate you, you get all the fun.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Junior Chubb on 12 July, 2012, 13:48
Tell me about it, when a woman wants it she gets it, men have to put in so much effort.
Comment icon #5 Posted by The Mule on 13 July, 2012, 0:44
This is awesome. Gonna start saving my bottle deposit money!
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 13 July, 2012, 0:49
I wonder if UM could start a raffle.
Comment icon #7 Posted by csspwns on 13 July, 2012, 1:41
nahh tat wont happen but maybe the company would have a raffle...$10 a ticket
Comment icon #8 Posted by Device on 13 July, 2012, 10:48
Lets just hope they don't come crashing back down to the Earth in a great ball of fire.
Comment icon #9 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 13 July, 2012, 13:11
How exciting.. I can't wait to witness it!
Comment icon #10 Posted by cenobite on 13 July, 2012, 20:10
200,000 a snip! i'll book a seat for my bag as well
Comment icon #11 Posted by DeathRain2012 on 17 July, 2012, 17:35
Yea time to start collecting cans..
Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS on 19 July, 2012, 2:57
We all win no matter what the price ! I`ll be hittin up the piggy bank 4 sure !

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