Monday, December 6

Virgin Galactic sold a hundred tickets to space for $ 450,000 each

The current price is well above the $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 paid by 600 clients between 2005 and 2014, the AFP news agency reported.

The new rate “has been well received,” the company said in a statement, in which it recalled its goal of selling 1,000 tickets to space before the launch of the first commercial flight, scheduled for the end of 2022.

“We are entering a period of fleet improvement with a clear roadmap to increase the durability, reliability and predictability of our commercial service aircraft,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in the statement.

“The demand for space travel is strong and we are selling seats faster than we expected,” he added.

The founder of the company, the British Richard Branson, was the first tycoon to fly into space on July 11 in a company spacecraft, days before Jeff Bezos do it in a vector of your company, Blue Origin.

However, the Virgin Galactic spacecraft was temporarily immobilized by US authorities in September after it left the authorized airspace for its maiden mission.

Virgin Galactic announced in October that it was delaying its first flight from the third to the fourth quarter of next year, to allow time for safety improvements, and today confirmed that it maintains that forecast.

Competition among billionaires for space tourism is fierce.

Besides Branson and Bezos, Elon Musk’s company SpaceX sent four space tourists for three days around the Earth last September.

Virgin Galactic says it still has nearly $ 1 billion in cash to fund its operations until it is profitable.

In the third quarter of 2021, the company posted a net loss of $ 48 million, less than the $ 92 million it lost in the same period in 2020.

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