Richard Branson has officially declared the Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space (previously known as the Spaceport America) is open for business in the New Mexico desert. Spacemen, rev your engines.
The extremely fancy £133 million hub for all of Virgin’s Galactic enterprises is finished and ready for action. 450 of the first 2.5 hour flights, which offer five minutes of weightlessness and promise ‘views of earth only seen by astronauts’, have been sold for £127,000 each — ouch.
Unfortunately fights won’t be taking place until sometime in 2013, after testing of the Mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, and SpaceShipTwo have been completed next year. Virgin Galactic is set to be the first commercial enterprise to ship ordinary people into space, and I for one would love to be on-board one of their flights — just have to find £130k from somewhere. Euromillions, you are my only hope. [BBC, Telegraph]