Space … the Final Frontier … Assuming You’re Fabulously Wealthy of course

Spaceship One

White Knight with Spaceship One, photo by airventure

Space.com has a brief update on booking for Virgin Galactic’s space tourism excursions that begin in 2008. Virgin has sold about 200 tickets (at $200,000 a pop) to passengers for suborbital flights. The total flight-time is about 2 hours and 15 minutes. The ship ascends to a height of 87 miles and is in suborbital space for about 15 minutes (with five minutes of weightlessness).

Serious space geeks (I’m not one) would know that White Knight is the aircraft that carries Spaceship One up to a point where it can detach. Here’s a whole bunch of info, photos and video about X-Prize winning White Knight and Spaceship One and you can also look at Virgin Galactic’s surprisingly mundane web site (if you can keep your eyes open). Seriously, take note: if you’re selling something that is a total luxury item and is all about “cool” – spend some money making the site actually look cool.

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2 thoughts on “Space … the Final Frontier … Assuming You’re Fabulously Wealthy of course

  1. Looks pretty scary to me, especially if I was fabulously wealthy.

  2. farlane says:

    Yeah. A week on a space station would be one thing. Taking a 2.5 hr jaunt in a piece of late beta tech is another.

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