After years of work, the first company to offer voyage into outer space for over $50,000 will soon begin offering flights. Virgin Galactic, the aviation company that has been in operation since 2004, announced on Sunday it will begin selling tickets in January. Initially the price will start at $250,000, though with discounts, the total cost will drop to a more palatable figure of about $50,000.
Like other companies entering the space tourism market, Virgin Galactic hopes that selling trips into space will give its planes, dubbed SpaceshipTwo, more incentive to fly. “We can live without outer space flight; [but] they are the planes that truly matter and must have the most use,” said Virgin Galactic chief executive George Whitesides.
The flights will make multiple trips in a single day, requiring them to be complemented by other stops on the Virgin Galactic journey. In addition to Virgin Galactic, SpaceX and Blue Origin, among others, are all offering flights into space.
For those who still want to have a decent piece of mind, it seems the more realistic option is to travel to the International Space Station. Around 10 of these flights are currently being offered to tourists, and the U.S. Government recently offered $5 million to a couple who sold their wedding dress to fund a trip.
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