A Virgin Galactic craft has seen its first test flight in over 3 years, signalling the return of the company to the consumer space race. With an accident in 2014 resulting in the death of a pilot and the destruction of a previous spacecraft model, the program had been put on hold indefinitely. That was until the launch of the latest version of their SpaceShipTwo space plane, the VSS Unity, which ended up being a success.
This sets up Virgin very nicely to be the world’s first commercial space airline, meaning a normal consumer (with heaps of money) can head up for unique flights with 5 other people and two pilots in a reusable plane. The US$250,000 per ticket flight puts these passengers in zero gravity for several minutes while they “experience astounding views of Earth from the black sky of space” 100 kilometres above the globe.
Best of all, you only need 3 days of preparation to fly. Definitely worth a go once the price gets cheaper.