Fancy a giant leap into space in Branson's Virgin Galactic? It'll set you back R6.5m

Passengers can either purchase a single seat, a multi-seat package or a full-flight buy out

06 August 2021 - 14:01 By Noor Zainab Hussain
Billionaire Richard Branson floats in zero gravity on board Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity. The company is now offering passenger flights to the public - if you have R6.5m to spare.
Billionaire Richard Branson floats in zero gravity on board Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity. The company is now offering passenger flights to the public - if you have R6.5m to spare.
Image: Virgin Galactic/Handout via Reuters

Spaceship company Virgin Galactic said it will open ticket sales on Thursday for space flights starting at $450,000 (about R6.5m) a seat, weeks after billionaire founder Richard Branson's high-profile trip to the edge of space.

Branson soared more than 80km above the New Mexico desert aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane on July 11 and safely returned in the vehicle's first fully crewed test flight to space, a symbolic milestone for a venture he started 17 years ago.

Shares of the company rose 5% in extended trading on Thursday.

In June, Virgin Galactic received approval from the US aviation safety regulator to fly people to space.

The company said it will have three consumer offerings — a single seat, a multi-seat package and a full-flight buy out.

Sales will initially open to the company's significant list of “early hand-raisers”, it said.

Reuters


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