Virgin Galactic has restarted space flight ticket sales. This was announced during the announcement of the quarterly results. The prices for a space flight start from 450,000 dollars, or 381,000 euros per person.
Virgin Galactic this time offers three options for consumers who want to book a flight to space. They can purchase a single seat on the VSS Unity spaceplane, multiple seats at the same time or all six seats in the cabin at once. Prices start from $450,000 per seat and flights will continue into 2022.
Virgin Galactic gives priority to the Spacefarer Community when selling tickets, which community has been promised to be the first to act as soon as the sale actually starts. The company then works through a list of customers who have signed up to buy a ticket. Company spokesmen said there were still 600 people on the list of initial reservations. Those tickets were already sold for prices between 200,000 and 250,000 dollars.
Early last month, Virgin Galactic made its first fully manned test flight to the edge of space. During this Unity 22 mission, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and five other company crew members reached an altitude of approximately 86 kilometers. The flight was launched from the Spaceport America facility in New Mexico, with the VSS Unity spaceplane attached to Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo plane. The Unity 22 mission is Virgin Galactic’s fourth manned test flight, but the company’s first space mission with a full crew of two pilots and four specialists.
The VSS Unity was disconnected last month at an altitude of about 15 kilometers and moments later this spaceplane ignited its rocket engine on its way to the edge of space. During the suborbital spaceflight, the two pilots and four passengers experienced about four minutes of weightlessness, after which the spacecraft returned to New Mexico.