Virgin Galactic announced Tuesday that tickets for Wednesday’s commercial space flight will go on sale.
Tickets for the 90-minute flight will cost $450,000, including a $150,000 deposit. They will be available for purchase on Virgin Galactic’s website. In a press release, the company claims that “several minutes of out-of-seat weightlessness” will be included in the experience, along with “breathtaking views of Earth.”
Upon launching our commercial service later this year, we plan to have 1,000 customers on board, which will provide an incredibly strong foundation upon which to grow our fleet in the coming years, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said
Ticket sales are supposed to open soon, but it could take a while before customers get to fly. Virgin Galactic’s founder Richard Branson flew to space in July last year, a major milestone that the company had always hoped would jumpstart the company’s plans for commercial space flight. In the following month, a follow-up flight called Unity 23 was scheduled to carry three members of the Italian Air Force, which is the first revenue-generating flight. However, Virgin Galactic suspended the flight in September when a manufacturing defect was discovered inside one of the company’s vehicles. As an update the following month, the company said it would not resume commercial flights until the end of 2022 in order to conduct an extensive “enhancement program” on its vehicles.
Ticket for the flight includes several days of astronaut training, as well as “custom accommodation” and “world-class amenities.” It will launch from New Mexico.
The company also announced that it has replaced its former logo, which was a picture of Sir Richard Branson’s iris, with a purple illustration of its spacecraft.
VSS Unity is Virgin Galactic’s primary spaceship, which was presented to the world in 2016. VSS Imagine, the company’s recently completed spacecraft, was announced in March of 2021. The company is currently developing its third space vehicle, VSS Inspire.
For a company that has repeatedly put off flights into space, the announcement represents a significant step forward. Commercial spaceflights were originally planned to begin in 2020.