Have a couple of hours? - How about a quick jaunt to Space?

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If you have two hours and $200,000 US Dollars to spare, Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Galactic, promises you the ride of a lifetime - A trip to Space!

"SpaceShip Two" and its launch pad "White Knight" are expected to be ready for test flights by this summer. If all goes well, Virgin Galactic will start regular flights to Space by late 2009 or early 2010.

SpaceShip Two, which has a capacity for six passengers, will be launched and released into the sky by White Knight. The SpaceShip Two pilot will then fire up the spaceship's rocket engine and shoot it upward to an altitude of 62 miles, which is considered the edge of Space. Once there, the pilot will activate SpaceShip Two's movable wings, which will glide it back to the earth and allow it to land safely. The total flight time is expected to be two and a half hours and will include five minutes of weightlessness (floating in the air without gravity).

While this is an expensive trip, it is a bargain compared to the current cost of flying to the International Space Station where a ten-day stay costs $20 million US Dollars (five people have done this). Not surprisingly, over 200 people have already pre-paid to be "astronauts", albeit (even if) for a short period of time.

SpaceShip Two expects to fly 500 passengers in its first year and over 50,000 over the next ten years.The cost of flying to Space is expected to go down considerably as more flights are added and other airlines - or should we say "spacelines", start to offer the same. While Virgin Galactic is the first one to make the announcement, there are three other space airline "startups" currently in the works.

We are sure that by the time our DOGO readers grow up, these flights will be very common and more affordable. Meanwhile, watch the video of the unveiling of SpaceShip Two and hear Richard Branson's vision of the future of Space Travel.

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25 Comments
  • fastover 3 years
    thats awsome.
    • Twitch KOG_Jonyover 3 years
      200,000 us dollars for for 2 hours in space what a rip off
      • alphadog
        alphadog4 months
        It should be like maybe 100,000 US dollars for a 4 hour ride in space back when this post was made now 200,000 dollars sound about right. Gas is expensive nowadays and spacecraft's take lots of gas
      • GENJI21over 4 years
        Cool
        • well...over 5 years
          WELL BOY WERE THEY WRONG. I THINK IT EXPLODED RECENTLY.
          • Coolover 5 years
            Cool
            • scienceperson22over 6 years
              this looks so cool
              • shivi483
                shivi483over 7 years
                One thing is wired who would stay in space for 2 hrs I would start there maybe 5 hours just to research explore what is it like up there but maybe the ship of its mission that is why for 2 hours
                • nikukyu
                  nikukyuover 7 years
                  Two hours hardly seem like a lot of time... If I'll ever go to space, i wanna go for let's say, around a week or so!! Two hours is too short!
                  • snnnoooozzzzz
                    snnnoooozzzzzover 7 years
                    COOL
                    • headphones2015
                      headphones2015almost 8 years
                      THAT AWESOME