The world’s first commercial spaceflight

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…

(source: BoingBoing)


One response to “The world’s first commercial spaceflight

  1. It is amazing to see what humans can accomplish in such a short time period, a commercial space program. To think that in 1961, near 50 years ago, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, was the first man in space. The space race between the U.S and Soviet Union took place, and so too did the technology needed for man to venture beyond our skies. I would imagine that Virgin Galactic have taken some of these technological discoveries and have adapted them to their spacecraft.

    From what I can see, they have taken the tried and tested method of entering the atmosphere in a reusable manned spacecraft, just like NASA’s space shuttle; safely landing like an aeroplane. Pocket money for some, $200,000 dollars is all a ticket costs? Hopefully, in time to come, tickets will be heavily reduced so that the average person can experience this amazing journey.

    Sir Richard Branson and his team have paved the way for the first commercial space program the world has seen. It will be amazing when the first flight commences, hopefully in the year 2011. I will enjoy following the journey, and most of all, the images taken from those aboard.

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