Space Vacation?

Forget about Florida. Have you ever considered vacationing in space? Thanks to Virgin Galactic, we are getting closer and closer to this possibility. Last year, Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashed in the southwest desert, killing a pilot and completely destroying the aircraft. However, Virgin is getting ready to launch a second SpaceShipTwo this month in Mojave, California for its’ first test flight.

Known for his radical ideas and sense of adventure, Sir Richard Branson launched the Virgin Galactic project in 2004, with the sole hopes of making space travel available to the public. The concept is for passengers to be carried by another aircraft until they reach 50,000 feet, when the two aircrafts will disconnect and the SpaceShip will continue its’ journey up. Passengers will be able to experience zero gravity.

Some hopeful passengers have already put down $250,000 to reserve a spot on Virgin Galactic when it actually comes out, which could be several years. After going through extensive testing, the aircraft must be certified and licensed by the FAA, which is not an easy task in this field. There are several other companies trying to send people to space, including Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin. It will be exciting to see this actually happen in the near future!

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3 thoughts on “Space Vacation?

  1. I think this would be the dream. I have always had a passion for flying and if I’d be able to participate in one of these flights, I’d be the happiest man alive. Zero G is such a fascinating concept for people because it’s completely unusual – I have always wanted to try and see what it’s like. You should check out OKGo’s new music video that they did in one of the Zero G simulator planes. It is really interesting. Do you think Virgin Galatic will ever become more than an experience in that it might become useful for travel or do you think it’ll always be for pure enjoyment?

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  2. I’ve heard about Virgin’s dream to send civilians to space, but I didn’t realize they were so close (kinda)! I can’t help but wonder what this means for current methods of air travel. It could push the “original” airlines to keep producing faster planes and jets, or it could snatch up adventure-seeking daredevils willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sweet ride. Perhaps, if the second model doesn’t crash and the program proceeds with testing, the general public will turn more towards considering astronomy the most “legitimate” and “exciting” science. Do you think bringing space travel down to our level will up our level of understanding about space? Interesting read!

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