Virgin Galatic’s attempt to launch its space tourism venture from a UK base has been given heavyweight public and private sector backing.
Will Whitehorn, President of space travel pioneer Virgin Galactic, will make a very special appearance at the Business Travel & Meetings Show on Wednesday 10 February.
Virgin Galactic unveiled the VSS Enterprise last night (December 9), two years ahead of the launch of what will be the world’s first commercial spacecraft. The craft, which is also known as Space Ship Two, will take six passengers paying $200,000 and two pilot astronauts 110km into space in 30 seconds.
Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan has bought a 32% stake in Virgin Galactic for $280m (£170m), in a deal that values Sir Richard Branson’s space venture at $900m.
Will Whitehorn, President of Virgin Galactic talks to Breaking Travel News at the Arabian Hotel Investment Conference 2009.
Virgin Blue and Virgin Galactic have announced an agreement whereby two pilots now flying for Virgin Blue could become astronaut pilots of the future.