Virgin Galactic to begin commercial space flights this year

Virgin Galactic
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:13am

Get ready for liftoff! Virgin Galactic hopes to start offering commercial flights into space by the second half of this year.

The company says it has already collected $80 million in deposits and sold 680 tickets. Each ticket costs $250,000.

Full test flights are set to begin this spring. Virgin Galactic's space plane will take off from the company's "Spaceport" near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The first commercial flight will be made by the firm's founder, Sir Richard Branson, and his family.
 

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