500 People Now Signed Up to take the Ride of their Life
28 March 2012
On Monday 19 February, Sir Richard Branson announced on his blog that actor Ashton Kutcher had put down a deposit for a Virgin Galactic flight making him their 500th customer. This is yet another important milestone in a long line of incredible achievements that set Virgin Galactic as the clear leader in commercial space travel. In this edition we take a look at the timeline of this project and celebrate just how far Virgin Galactic have come on the challenging and exciting journey of human spaceflight.
VSS Enterprise's first flight!
22 March 2010
VSS Enterprise completes her first captive carry...
Virgin Galactic announced today that VSS Enterprise has
completed her inaugural captive carry flight from Mojave Air and
This very first captive carry was a huge success and both
the mothership and spaceship looked absolutely stunning against the
blue back drop of the Mojave skies.
Commenting on the historic flight, Burt Rutan said: “This
is a momentous day for the Scaled and Virgin Teams. The captive carry
flight signifies the start of what we believe will be extremely exciting
and successful spaceship flight test program.”
Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic added:
“Seeing the finished spaceship in December was a major day for us but
watching VSS Enterprise fly for the first time really brings home what
beautiful, ground-breaking vehicles Burt and his team have developed for
us. It comes as no surprise that the flight went so well; the Scaled
team is uniquely qualified to bring this important and incredible dream
to reality. Today was another major step along that road and a testament
to US engineering and innovation.”
The VSS Enterprise test flight programme will continue
though 2010 and 2011, progressing from captive carry to independent
glide and then powered flight, prior to the start of commercial
House of Travel's local accredited space agents to witness world premier of Virgin Galactic SpaceshipTwo
20 November 2009
House of Travel outlets in Botany Junction, Nelson and
Palmerston North are the only travel retailers in New Zealand to be
invited to attend the world premiere of SpaceShipTwo, the space vehicle
developed by Scaled Composites to take private passengers to space.
This exclusive event, hosted by Virgin Founder and Chairman Sir Richard
Branson and world renowned aircraft designer Burt Rutan, will take place
in Mojave, CA on December 7, 2009.
The three House of Travel retailers are the only travel
agencies in New Zealand to have been hand-selected as a Virgin Galactic
Accredited Space Agent (ASA), having completed intensive product
training with Virgin Galactic in order to provide the highly specialized
information required for such an exciting and unique offering.
Virgin Galactic’s remarkable and pioneering project is
now in its final stages. The unveiling of SpaceShipTwo marks the next
critical step in bringing space tourism to the general public, a
privilege that has been limited to astronauts and those with the means
to spend $20 million for a flight. With a comparatively lower price of
US$200,000, House of Travel is one of the few travel agency groups in
the world with the ability to attend this groundbreaking event and
accept deposits for this once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Based on the design of SpaceShipOne, the historic vehicle
that completed three successful spaceflights in 2004, thus claiming the
$10 million Ansari X-Prize, SpaceShipTwo is the next generation of
spacecraft built for the specific purpose of taking passengers into
suborbital space. WhiteKnightTwo, the carrier aircraft that will launch
SpaceShipTwo from 50,000 feet, was unveiled in July 2008 and is well
into a successful test flight program. Following SpaceShipTwo’s
unveiling in December 2009, this revolutionary spacecraft will
immediately embark on an extensive test flight regime. Already,
approximately 300 people from around the world have paid nearly $40
million in deposits to guarantee an early seat.
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about House of Travel and Virgin Galactic or our Accredited Space
Agents, please contact:
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