Space tourism, Virgin raises price of ticket

Space tourism, Virgin raises price of ticket

Bloomberg reports that Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. has resumed ticket sales for space trips at a new price of $450,000 per ride doubling the $200,000 to $250,000 paid by people who booked seats earlier on Virgin’s spaceship between 2005 and 2014.

Since 2014 after a fatal test flight accident, ticket sales for individual customers have been closed.

Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. had vowed to ride SpaceShip Two to space himself, as proof of its safety, after that accident, before it starts flying commercial passengers.

In a statement on Thursday by Michael Colglazier, CEO of the company, sales will begin immediately and the available tickets range from individual seats to a “full-flight buyout.”

“Leveraging the surge in consumer interest following the Unity 22 flight, we are excited to announce the reopening of sales effective today, beginning with our Spacefarer community.

“As we endeavour to bring the wonder of space to a broad global population, we are delighted to open the door to an entirely new industry and consumer experience,” Bloomberg quotes Colglazier as having said in a Press release.

The restart of ticket sales is coming after Branson’s successful space mission with 5 company employees on July 11, called “Unity 22”.

Members of the Italian Air Force are expected to be part of the next test flight scheduled for September.

The first commercial flights will take place in the third quarter of 2022, according to Colglazier.

 

Author: Greg