Sumary of Rocket envy? Here’s how you can become a space tourist:
- Virgin Galactic has said regular commercial flights will begin from 2022, following two more test flights.
- But the company predicts it will eventually run up to 400 flights per year.
- Two seats on one of the first flights are up for grabs in a prize draw: registrations are open until September 1. Blue Origin plans two more flights this year, the first by September at earliest, then “many more” next year.
- The first tickets sold by Virgin Galactic went for between $200 000 (R2.9 million) and $250 000 (R3.7 million) each, but the company has warned that the cost for future sales will go up.
- The anonymous winner of a public auction for a seat on the first crewed flight paid $28 million (R410 million), but decided to defer their trip.
- Their seat instead went to Dutch teen Oliver Daemen, with the company’s CEO Bob Smith revealing there had been multiple bids above $20 million (R293 million).