Virgin Galactic takes aim at Space Tourism

I stay on top of most space related news and over the last few days media outlets all over the world has been abuzz with news that Virgin Galactic‘s unveiling of its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft and its WhiteKnightTwo carrier.

So start saving from now because in 2010 a trip into space will cost you us$200,000 initially but is expected to gradually get cheaper as trips get streamlined. In the first 12 years Virgin Galactic hopes to build and operate 40 SpaceShipTwos and 15 WhiteKnightTwo carrier crafts.

This is wonderful news for Space travel geeks like me and the best part about this news is that it isn’t decades off or still in planning or might not happen. It’s coming baby and in less than two years! Are you excited about this announcement? and if yes how long do you think it will take before it becomes affordable?

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[ Via – Wired | OhGizmo | Fox News | Space.com ]

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14 thoughts on “Virgin Galactic takes aim at Space Tourism

  1. Isn’t this the same guy that is paying like 25,000,000 dollars for someone who can make a machine that can destroy CO2. I wonder what space travel will do to the environment.

  2. I don’t know how long it will take to be affordable, but probably awhile. I’m sure maintaining spaceships are pricey.

    I think it’s neat that we’re advancing like this, but I personally would probably never do this space trip thing. I’m waayyy too afraid that something will go wrong.

    And, staring out into huge, black space would scare me a little.

  3. @ Leon, yup, I forgot to add that to my entry…thanks

    @ Marketting…and an airline ticket would then be link taking the bus!

    @Trevor….in two years you will know ehere ;)

    @ Justin…where you get that figure?

    @ Kevin…welcome thanks for visiting!

  4. You should be able to find it in NASA documents. NASA tells their astronauts that there is only a 10% chance of coming home due to all the things that can go wrong in space.

  5. I am looking for a sponsor right away…even with 10% returning possibility. wat on earth can beat going into space.

    After the 5th successful flight I might actually book myself.

    Can they not call it The Enterprise tho?!

  6. That fact applies to any type of flight in out space when you think about it. But who really knows? I’m sure they said the same about regular airplanes back in the day.

  7. congratulations—-virgin—trip——–i—want–go—to–space [music]

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