WHEN WILL FLIGHTS BEGIN?
Virgin Galactic will not commence commercial space flight operations until they are entirely satisfied that it is safe to do so. At present there is no definitive start date however we will learn more as testing progresses.
HOW MANY FLIGHTS WILL OPERATE?
Initially, there will just be one flight per week. As operations progress, these will increase in frequency as more SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwos are delivered.
HOW MANY PASSENGERS ON EACH?
SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots.
CAN I CHOOSE MY FELLOW PASSENGERS?
Despite not being able to choose who your fellow passengers are, you will have the opportunity to get to know them during pre-flight preparations. Alternatively, you can charter a spaceship for yourself and five of your friends.
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO FLY?
Commercial operations will begin once Richard has flown to space which is scheduled for early 2015. Currently there are 700 Future Astronauts signed up to fly in the order they bought their ticket. Future Astronauts buying tickets now should fly within 2-3 years from the start of commercial operations.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The full space-flight cost is US$250,000 per person.
ARE THE DEPOSITS REFUNDABLE?
All deposits are 95% refundable
IS INSURANCE AVAILABLE?
Virgin Galactic is currently in talks with major insurers but the general feeling is that whilst insurance companies would be interested in offering commercial space travel insurance policies to Virgin Galactic customers understandably, they want to see the flights in operation first, to fully assess the risks. So, whilst insurance cannot be offered to any passengers at this stage, we anticipate this will change, although not necessarily before the first commercial flights begin.
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Reservations are only accepted for those aged 18 and over. There are currently no upper age limits but you will need to meet minimum health and fitness requirements.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
As spaceflight has, up until now, been an adventure reserved solely for professional astronauts who are arguably among the fittest and healthiest individuals on our planet, health is one of the key factors Virgin Galactic has carefully had to consider. With passengers safety firmly in mind, Virgin Galactic will ask spaceflight passengers to undergo a medical exam tailored to the individual and based on their medical history. This will provide an accurate assessment of their fitness to fly and enable Virgin Galactic to tailor pre-flight preparations to make sure passengers get the best experience possible from their spaceflight. Should a passenger be unable to fly due to health reasons their deposit will be refunded. Thus far, there are only a few medical conditions which will categorically prohibit any individual from spaceflight.
WHERE WILL THE FLIGHTS BE LAUNCHED FROM?
Flights will take place from Virgin Galactic’s operational headquarters at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
WHAT ABOUT VISA AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS?
Flights operate from Spaceport America in New Mexico therefore normal United States entry requirements (ESTA) will apply. There are currently no additional requirements for space travel.
HOW LONG WILL THE FLIGHT LAST?
The flight will last 2 1/2 hours from departure to return
CAN I BRING MY FRIENDS OR FAMILY WITH ME, TO WATCH?
Yes you can and your guests will be accommodated at the same hotel as yourself near Spaceport America. Please note that all travel arrangements for friends or family wishing to join you will be at an additional cost and whilst your guests will not be able to participate in the training programme they will be invited to Spaceport America to watch the actual flight. Our Accredited Space Agents will happily make any and all arrangements on your/their behalf.
Each member of our space team is available to arrange all the elements of your booking, and talk you through the whole process. Feel free to call them on 0800 269 000 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
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