What Will It Be Like to Fly to Space With Virgin Galactic?

by Nancy Atkinson on September 15, 2010

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Virgin Galactic has released a new video that gives insight into their vehicles and company operations, and a look at what the experience will be like to fly on the world’s first commercial spaceline. Richard Branson hosts the video, which includes a look back at space history, as well as some never-seen-before footage from Virgin, and interviews with some of the future astronauts who have signed up to fly to space. Head over to Virgin Galactic to find out more about commercial space travel, and — if you’ve got the big bucks — how you could book a flight.

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Nancy Atkinson is Universe Today's Senior Editor. She also works with Astronomy Cast, and is a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

cshArpe September 15, 2010 at 11:26 AM

plane ticket to spaceport america – $1000
hands-free personal video recorder – $2000
ticket on vss enterprise – $200,000
going to space – PRICELESS

Aqua September 15, 2010 at 2:30 PM

I wonder who will drink that first beer in space? Or champagne? Has anyone gotten around to designing a zero Gee beer can? NO? Then I’m not going….

Prosit!

William928 September 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM

@AQUA,

How about some of that Napa Valley vino? I know you’re not that far away….

Roen September 15, 2010 at 7:06 PM

I don’t like the idea. Never did. Commercialize space and you’ll end up polluting it even more. Give the corporates free reign over space and they will screw people around on an unprecedented scale. By now corporations should have proven themselves incapable of any morally correct choices, and this is even with laws preventing them from being complete jerks. Give them space and there will be NO control over them whatsoever. And it all started with commercial space flight.

Torbjorn Larsson OM September 15, 2010 at 7:59 PM

Roen, please define “polluting” for the purpose of this discussion.

Most space junk put in orbit will eventually deorbit by atmospheric drag, so are transient junk. There will be no permanent junk except in gravity wells (Moon, say) and pockets (Lagrange points; semi-permanent at that since occupation times is measured in 100s of millions of year, not billions of years).

None of that consist of pollution as we know it (dispersed pervasive compounds with life degrading environmental effect).

The rest of your argument hold no water, because it general. If there is a problem, it is everywhere and not a specific concern that can, or should, be solved here.

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