British billionaire Richard Branson and his venture with Virgin Galactic will fly people to space in 2014 for fee. The commercial spaceflight venture launched in 2004 plans to offers suborbital spaceflights to paying customers, along with launches for space science missions, and the launching of small satellites. Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft is launched from a oversized aero-plane to give the spacecraft more speed at launch from a higher altitude, than if it were launched from the ground.
Branson launched his SpaceShipTwo rocket from the Mojave Desert in 2009. The rocket-powered supersonic flights will take people into space just above the earths atmosphere. The spaceship will be able to carry two pilots and six passengers traveling at speeds over 2485 mph into space. Made from lightweight carbon composite materials and fueled by a hybrid rocket motor, the SpaceShipTwo will be carried to an altitude of 52000 ft by the White Knight 2, at which point the rocket ship will blast off towards space giving its passengers a feeling weightlessness.
While answering questions at the 2014 United Arab Emirates Government Summit, the British entrepreneur proudly proclaimed, “It will be the start of a whole new space era.”
Ticket prices for the space ride will cost $250,000, until more than 1000 people sign up to launched into space. Some big name celebrities like: Stephen Hawking, Tom Hanks, Ashton Kutcher, Katy Perry, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie have already signed up to fly with Virgin Galactic. Future astronauts can purchase tickets from a number of space agents around the world.
British Billionaire Launches Customers Into Space In 2014