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Branson's Virgin Galactic to sell space flight tickets starting at US$450,000

Branson's Virgin Galactic to sell space flight tickets starting at US$450,000

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson wears his astronaut's wings at a news conference, after flying with a crew in Virgin Galactic's passenger rocket plane VSS Unity to the edge of space, Jul 11, 2021. (Photo: Reuters/Joe Skipper)

Spaceship company Virgin Galactic said it will open ticket sales on Thursday (Aug 5) for space flights starting at US$450,000 a seat, weeks after billionaire founder Richard Branson's high-profile trip to the edge of space.

Branson soared more than 80km above the New Mexico desert aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Jul 11 and safely returned in the vehicle's first fully crewed test flight to space, a symbolic milestone for a venture he started 17 years ago.

Shares of the company rose 5 per cent in extended trading on Thursday.

In June, Virgin Galactic received approval from the US aviation safety regulator to fly people to space.

The company said it will have three consumer offerings - a single seat, a multi-seat package and a full-flight buy out.

Sales will initially open to the company's significant list of "early hand-raisers", it said.

Source: Reuters/zl

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