Space Travel Is All The Buzz Of 2012
Virgin Galactic is anticipating for a successful start to with their introduction to Space Tourism next year. Once the test flights are smooth sailing, it will be offering spaceflights as soon as this is cleared. Virgin Galactic will be the first company to send civilians to Low Earth Orbit by way of commercial spaceships. 2012 will be the year that we finally have reached our technology dreams of being able to send non-astronauts into space. The expectations are high and Virgin Galactic is ready to prove that it’s able to withstand the pressure and delivery on their promise, literally!
A seat on Virgin Galactic’s, SpaceShipTwo is costly, setting you back $200,000 but the CEO of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides believes it’s actually very reasonable when compared to Russian space tourism which will run you in the millions. Yes, it’s going to take a wealthy person to shell out $200,000 for a trip that only lasts a few hours, however, it’s more about the experience than anything.
To date, only 525 people have ever been to space. Virgin Galactic already has pre-sold 500 tickets on their spaceflights. This means that more people will going to space in the next few years than have ever been in our history. So, what will $200,000 get you? A four-day training program at Spaceport America located in New Mexico. This is also where launches will take place. The flight itself only last 2 hours but it’s guaranteed that you’ll get “space experience” that everybody’s so curious in achieving.
Virgin Galactic has a two-stage launch process; their space vehicle is under-slung on an aircraft that takes the vehicle to 50,000 ft. Once released the rocket engine fires it into space, defined by NASA as 50 miles above sea level, or by others as 100km. “They will be in space,” assures Mr. Whitesides.
Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 by Sir Richard Branson. He is so confident in his company and safety measures that the very first flight will be with Sir Richard and his entire family.
See amazing video below of test flights SpaceShipTwo: