Virgin Galactic-FAA Deal Means You Can Go to Space Pretty Soon

Sir Richard Branson's dream of commercial space flights took a step nearer reality after Virgin Galactic signed a deal with US aviation authorities to let it blast paying customers into space. AFP/Getty Images

Richard Branson’s outer space tourism company Virgin Galactic has reached an agreement with the FAA that could allow for chartered trips beyond earth’s atmosphere before the end of the year.

According to The Wire, Branson and his family have called dibs on the first flight out of the company’s New Mexico base. The Wire’s report says the trip will last a couple of hours, with a maximum altitude of 68 miles—allowing for “a few minutes of weightlessness.’’

It’ll only run you $250,000 per ticket. (Oh, and a trip out to New Mexico.)


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