Virgin Galactic announced that it’s reopening ticket sales, with a starting price of $450,000 per seat.
The action follows Unity’s fourth spaceflight, which took place on July 11 from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Unity’s first fully crewed voyage to the final frontier occurred on that test mission; the space aircraft carried four people in its cabin, as well as two pilots in the cockpit.
Virgin Galactic provided customers with three options: buy a single ticket, buy multiple seats together, or book a full flight on the eight-passenger Unity. Seats for microgravity research and professional astronaut training are also available from the firm.
Passengers will experience three to four minutes of weightlessness and view Earth against the darkness of space before returning to Earth for a runway landing around an hour after launch.
According to Virgin Galactic officials, around 600 individuals have booked a journey so far.
Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said that Unity’s fourth spaceflight “was an inflection moment for their worldwide brand.”
“We sparked a cultural phenomenon. We had amazing worldwide participation, with people from over 65 countries tuning in. Millions of space fans all over the world got a sneak peek of the voyage that Virgin Galactic’s future pilots may expect, and they loved it.” Colglazier added in a statement.
Colglazier also provided some timetable updates during the teleconference. Unity’s next trip, a revenue-generating mission carrying personnel of the Italian Air Force, will take off in late September.
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