The race of private enterprises for the conquest of space is launched. After the success of the last flight of SpaceX, it is the turn of Virgin Galactic displayed its ambitions. The company’s space tourism estimates that it will be able to make a flight first tourist in space in the first quarter of 2021.
In a press release published on Monday, August 3, the company of billionaire Richard Branson announces that she intends to “go to the the next phase of its program of test flights in the fall”. Specifically, Virgin Galactic will test its space flight powered with two pilots in the cockpit. After this first test, the company will conduct a second test, this time with “four mission specialists, in the cabin”.
“Assuming that the two flights will bring the expected results, Virgin Galactic expects that the flight of Sir Richard Branson will be held in the first quarter of 2021″, says the company in its press release.
600 people have already purchased their ticket for the space
The first official flight will then give the kick-off of commercial flights. According to Virgin Galactic, with over 600 people have already purchased their ticket for the space. A valuable ticket sold near 212.000 euros the unit.
No precise date has yet been set by Virgin Galactic, but its leaders have recently assured it was a question of months and not years. The development of the ship-rocket, named SpaceShipTwo, has been delayed in particular by a crash in 2014 when a handling error of one of the two drivers had caused the disintegration of the device in the volume