Space Tourism: Sir Richard Branson Unveils New Tourist Spaceship Today

December 7, 2009 By:Mary Winston Nicklin

Virgin Galactic, new tourist spaceshipVirgin Galactic will be unveiling its new tourist spaceship today with Sir Richard Branson on site in the Mojave desert to talk about his pet project. For a mere $200,000 a pop, tourists will soon be able to go for a cruise through outer space. Test flights for SpaceShipTwo will begin next year, with commercial flights starting in 2011 or 2012. The New York Times reports that "Virgin Galactic, owned by Mr. Branson's Virgin Group and Aabar Investments of Abu Dhabi, says about 300 people from around the world have paid a total of $40 million in deposits to guarantee spots on the carbon composite aircraft."

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