NASA Books First Virgin Galactic Flight
Virgin Galactic has book their first suborbital flight from their southern New Mexico Spaceport and their passengers are none other than NASA officials.
Virgin announced on Thursday that NASA agreed to charter a full flight and they also asked for the option to schedule two additional flights. If all three options are exercised the three trips will be worth $4.5 billion.
According to Virgin Galactic each one of NASA’s available charters allow up to 1,300 pounds of scientific experiments to be brought about the ship.
Along with the NASA booking Virgin Galactic announced earlier in the week that former NASA executive Michael Moses has been brought on board as vice president of operations.
If you’re unfamiliar with Virgin Galactic the company is owned by Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Group and co-owned by Aabar Investments PJS. Upon successful launch of their first charters the company will be the first commercial spaceline.
Virgin Galactic hopes to launch their first flight within the next year from Spaceport America which is located approximately 50 miles outside of Las Cruces.
If given the chance would you be willing to hop aboard Virgin Galactic for a quick trip into space? I wouldn’t have to think twice about it!