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Billionaires are the First to Fly in Space, Will Ordinary People be Able to?

About 600 people from 58 countries booked a ticket worth up to $ 250,000 to be on the first space tourist tour, according to company records. The list is believed to include celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Russell Brand, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher.

The number of bookings has been relatively high since 2014, when Spaceship crashed in the Mojave Desert, injuring the pilot and killing the co-pilot. Some ticket holders have been waiting more than 15 years for their flights, according to Reuters.

In February last year, the company launched a campaign that garnered another 1,000 applications – this time for a $ 1,000 return advance on the full ticket price when sales resume after Branson’s flight on Sunday.

Virgin Galaxy estimates the value of the advances at $ 80 million, and former CEO George Whitesides told Insider that he expects space tourism to eventually bring in $ 10 billion to $ 15 billion a year.

The company says it aims to launch as many as 400 flights a year, carrying up to six passengers and two pilots each, taking off and landing at New Mexico’s Spaceport home base.

If a quarter-million-dollar ticket costs you too much in just a few minutes of zero-gravity, SpaceSport has more to offer. At the Gateway to Space, which opened in 2019, future astronauts will be able to bring their families to hang out with pilots and rocket engineers sitting on Italian marble at the Barista Island bar.

In addition, ticket purchases include custom-made flying costumes with name badges and national flags, as well as a two-day flight training program with classroom instructions and microgravity simulations.

There is also mountain biking and hot air balloon rides for the adventure to be complete, because – why not?

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