Monday, December 28, 2009

Ok, So Who Wants To Ride To Outerspace On A Virgin?

Virgin Galactic that is. Get your mind out of the gutter you!

A few weeks ago, Billionaire Richard Branson announced the anticipated launch of the first commercial airline that travels to outerspace. Branson is banking on his SpaceShipTwo taking off like a rocket, in helping Branson create the world's first "commercial travel space." So, for a measly $200,000, a person can buy his way around astronaut school, and into outerspace. Branson's space project is expected to cost about $450 million. Branson's plans consists of the construction of six commercial spaceships that would take passengers high enough for the "Pseudonauts" to experience weightlessness, and see the curvature of the Earth set against the backdrop of space.

So far it's being reported that about 300 aspiring "Pseudonauts" have put down deposits for the $200,000 ride, which includes three days of training.

In an interview with Reuters TV, Branson said, "[s]ubject to American government permission, we may well start developing a program to try to take people from continent to continent, you know, two hours from Los Angeles to Australia." Branson also put out what may be a disclaimer amidst all of the effervescent ambition saying: "[c]an't promise that we're going to be able to do it, but if you don't try things you don't succeed, so we'll definitely give it a go."

If this all sounds too futuristically scary to you don't worry the program most likely won't be up and running for at least another year, maybe even longer.

If you want to learn more about Virgin Galactic click here.

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