Executives at the company, started by Amazon. The company, based about 20 miles 32 km south of Seattle, has made public the general design of the vehicle - comprising a launch rocket and detachable passenger capsule - but has been tight-lipped on production status and ticket prices. Blue Origin representatives did not respond to requests for comment on its programs and pricing strategy. Bezos said in May ticket prices had not yet been decided.
Virgin Galactic crew aims for space in key flight milestone
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In a written statement, Branson said: In an interview in Ferbuary, Branson said Virgin Galactic won't be standing still and, in fact, has some big plans in store for later this year. Virgin Galactic hopes to send tourists into space aboard the firm's VSS Unity spaceplane by the end of , expected to take place from its current launchpad at the Mojave Air and Space Port. Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic took another step towards sending tourists into orbit with its latest test flight that reached half way to the edge of space in May. A carrier aircraft, known as WhiteKnightTwo, hoisted the Unity spacecraft to an altitude of 45,ft 8.
Virgin Galactic: Richard Branson's Space Tourism Company
Many have had to wait years for their chance to reach space. Development of the firm's space plane took far longer than expected after a catastrophic test flight killed a Virgin pilot in The company didn't take on another rocket-powered flight until April this year, this time using the second version of its space plane. Associated Press 12 Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is the second version of its Unity space plane pictured during a previous test flight Today's test marks Unity's fourth rocket-powered flight, and Virgin Galactic admitted there was a chance the launch could go horribly wrong.
Virgin Galactic crew aims for space in key flight milestone Launch comes four years after the original SpaceShipTwo crashed during test flight Published: December 24, The craft took its fourth powered test flight Thursday in Mojave. Image Credit: The high-altitude launch comes four years after the original SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight that killed the co-pilot and seriously injured the pilot, dealing a major setback to Virgin Galactic, a US offshoot of the London-based Virgin Group.