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Space Tourism a Step Closer Following Successful Virgin Galactic Maiden Commercial Flight

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic has successfully completed its first commercial space flight – with paying customers on board.

The flight – Galactic 01 – took off on board a carrier plane from New Mexico before separating and launching into space – 50 miles from the Earth, which is classed by NASA as the border of space.

Richard Branson

Mr Branson flew in a test flight two years ago, but the company had encountered setbacks since.

This flight is now being seen as a significant stepping stone towards commercial space tourism becoming a normal – albeit expensive (with prices ranging from $200,000 to $450,000) – part of the global travel and tourism industry.

Virgin Galactic maiden commercial flight

Virgin Galactic’s next flight – dubbed Galactic 02 – is scheduled for August, after which the company hopes to operate monthly space journeys.

Former Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has skin in the game, through his Blue Origin enterprise; as does uber entrepreneur Tesla and Twitter boss Elon Musk, via his SpaceX company.

Geoff Percival
Geoff Percival
Geoff has worked in business, news, consumer and travel journalism for more than 25 years; having worked for and contributed to the likes of The Irish Examiner, Business & Finance, Business Plus, The Sunday Times, The Irish News, Senior Times, and The Sunday Tribune.
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