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Virgin Galactic flights to blast off in 2013

By T.K. Randall
July 12, 2012 · Comment icon 12 comments



Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
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.


Source: CNN | Comments (12)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
Damn birds, I hate you, you get all the fun. 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 10 years ago
This is awesome. Gonna start saving my bottle deposit money!
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin 10 years ago
I wonder if UM could start a raffle.
Comment icon #7 Posted by csspwns 10 years ago
nahh tat wont happen but maybe the company would have a raffle...$10 a ticket
Comment icon #8 Posted by Device 10 years ago
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 10 years ago
How exciting.. I can't wait to witness it!
Comment icon #10 Posted by cenobite 10 years ago
200,000 a snip! i'll book a seat for my bag as well
Comment icon #11 Posted by DeathRain2012 10 years ago
Yea time to start collecting cans..
Comment icon #12 Posted by DONTEATUS 10 years ago
We all win no matter what the price ! I`ll be hittin up the piggy bank 4 sure !


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