On October 22nd, Virgin Galactic will begin its last manned test round of its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. The tests anticipate the final authorization to transport tourists to space, which in this case will be the company’s founder, Sir Richard Branson, who will be the first space tourist.
Two complete piloted tests are planned to test the entire spacecraft system, taking only two pilots on board. A second test will be done later with four pilots in the cabin. In the event that both tests are successfully completed, Virgin Galactic will thus begin exploring space tourism in the first quarter of 2021, with the inaugural flight carrying the company’s leader.
WhiteKnightTwo, the gigantic transport plane that serves as a SpaceShipTwo booster for space, will conduct several flight tests between October 1st to 7th, anticipating final tests later this month.
Each ticket costs around 250 thousand dollars and you can now apply to participate in the company’s future tourist space flights, through an online registration with a refundable deposit of 1,000 dollars to travel earlier than the other candidates, giving you priority as soon as tickets are available. The program is called One Small Step.
While working to complete the testing process in order to guarantee the necessary certifications and authorizations to take tourists to the space, the marketing team is already very active in what is attracting customers, or at least teasing what will be yours service. So it revealed the interior of the SpaceShipTwo, focusing on the passenger cabin.