We’ve looked at how the space tours industry is growing in a previous post, and Virgin Galactic is bringing us closer to that goal. The race to make it a reality is well underway. The idea of ordinary people doing tours in space is just incredible.
People today face huge challenges, such as climate change and food security issues. Will space tourism open the way to shorter flights and fewer carbon emissions? Will it become easier to transport food and other essential items around the globe?
The idea for Virgin Galactic came from Richard Branson. Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Records and Virgin Atlantic. He decided to build a spaceline because he loved astronomy and wanted to become an astronaut. He couldn’t join the spaceship companies like NASA and RUSSIAN spaceship, which had frustrated him.
Virgin Galactic: A New Breed of Spacecraft
And now, Branson is one of several companies and billionaires who are looking to put regular people in space. Virgin Galactic is looking to be one of the very first space tourism companies.
The introduction of this new class of spaceship from Virgin Galactic may be the one to get tourists into space finally. Recently Virgin Galactic opened the doors for the ‘VSS Imagined.’ It is the first space plane in the company’s new class of spaceship vehicles—the brilliant engineers and technicians have brought this dream to life.
The Virgin Galactic VSS Unity was another spaceplane built for regular passenger service to put tourists into orbit. It is the answer to the hopes and dreams of so many.
The Galactics engineering team spends countless hours testing and improving its spaceships for space tourism. Then they fly it into the sky attached by a carrier aircraft. Then it is detached and blasts off into space for several minutes.
In recent years, Galactic and other private space companies have become leaders in manned space flight. Government agencies like NASA are shifting their focus. Exploring deep space is in the cards, and Virgin Galactic wants to fly people there. The company’s first few hundred customers have already paid around two hundred and fifty thousand dollars to reserve a seat on the spacecraft.
Will Space Tourism Become a Reality?
Commercial space tourism will make it easier for people to go into orbit. It will also drive innovation and cost savings. The price of space tourism may be ridiculously high now, but it will decrease over time. That is how we will end up with a stable market in the space tourism industry.
Virgin Galactic is already looking at ways to expand their business further across the globe with a speedy point-to-point space traveling and even deeper into the galaxy.
Virgin Galactic Loves to take on problems and overcome them, which is why they are one of the best in the space market. They know that space exploration comes with risk. In 2019, a pilot died in a test flight crash that also destroyed the spacecraft. Despite that, they will continue to improve.
Branson believes that space is not only a destination, but it is a journey with roadblocks along the way. That’s why they are for the space exploration movement. It is so that everyone can have the opportunity to see the worlds outside of Earth. Space tourism will transform the lives of people. It will give the next generation the gift of seeing the Earth from outer space – a blue marble traveling around the sun.