Galactic Status: Virgin Airlines Offers One Frequent Flier A Trip To Space
Virgin is one of my favorite airlines to fly on — it's kind of like the airline of the future, with interactive displays in every head rest, cool lighting, an animated safety video, and there's almost always WiFi on board. But Virgin is looking to be even more futuristic, promising the customer with the most miles at the end of the year a chance to upgrade to Galactic status. That's right, the person who flew the most on Virgin Airlines will win a ride to space courtesy of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic.
Richard Branson Plans Orbital Spaceships For Virgin Galactic
Velcroman1 writes "Following the historic first rocket-powered flight of its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, Virgin Galactic plans to build a fleet of spaceships and begin ferrying hundreds of tourists into space in 2014. And then? A whole new kind of spacecraft, Sir Richard Branson said. 'We'll be building orbital spaceships after that,' Branson told Fox News Tuesday, 'so that people who want to go for a week or two can.' Assuming the cost is on the same scale, would you pay a few hundred grand for a few weeks in orbit?"
Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Inches Closer to Space
“We will be going to space at the end of this year,” Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, said after the vessel, the SpaceShipTwo, made its first powered flight.
Virgin Galactic Spaceship Makes 1st Powered Flight
A spaceship bankrolled by British tycoon Sir Richard Branson made its first powered flight Monday in a test that moves Virgin Galactic toward its goal of flying into space later this year.
Richard Branson 'Determined To Start a Population On Mars'
RocketAcademy writes "British billionaire Richard Branson, whose Virgin Galactic company is backing the development of SpaceShip Two, has told CBS News he is 'determined to start a population on Mars.' He said, 'I think over the next 20 years, we will take literally hundreds of thousands of people to space and that will give us the financial resources to do even bigger things. That will give us the resources then to put satellites into space at a fraction of the price, which can be incredibly useful for thousands of different reasons.' Branson isn't the only billionaire interested in the Red Planet. Elon Musk, founder of Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX), wants to put humans on Mars in the next 12 to 15 years.."
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