Space travel seems almost out of vogue these days, compared with its heyday in the latter half of last century. However, Richard Branson and Burt Rutan may be about to change all that by launching commercial space travel.
This may sound like a fantasy, but the world’s first commerical spacecraft was revealed by them yesterday – the SpaceShipTwo, and test flights are set to start immediately.
Branson and Rutan will be the first into space with their families, and there is already a huge list of reservations for the twice-daily flights to take place after this. The plane carries just six passengers at a time, each of whom pays £200,000 for just a few minutes of flight.
So as it stands, this is nothing more than a distant dream for all but the super-rich. However, it is certainly the start of something that could be absolutely huge…