Commercial space tourism moves closer to reality as Virgin Galactic gets FAA licence

Commercial space tourism moves closer to reality as Virgin Galactic gets FAA licence
By Euronews
Share this articleComments
Share this articleClose Button
Copy/paste the article video embed link below:Copy to clipboardCopied

Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space tourism is a step closer to reality.

ADVERTISEMENT

Richard Branson’s dream of commercial space tourism is a step closer to reality.

His Virgin Galactic company has been granted an operating licence by US aviation officials to fly passengers to the point of weightlessness.

The SpaceShipTwo vehicle can carry six passengers and two pilots. It is expected to debut sometime next year.

The original SpaceShipTwo broke apart during a test flight in 2014 that killed the co-pilot and seriously injured the captain.

Once final safety tests are completed on the new ship, space enthusiasts can rocket 100 kilometres above Earth for the trip of a lifetime.

Hundreds of people have already paid a deposit for the trip which will cost about 220,000 euros.

Share this articleComments

You might also like

Elon Musk’s SpaceX calls off the attempted launch of Starship, the world’s most powerful rocket

A city of contrasts: Why Tokyo's tranquillity and buzz make it so special

Watch: Russians living in this Norwegian town divided over Moscow’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine