Virgin prepares for space travel

Space travel may happen sooner than you think. Virgin Galactic’s testing and development programmes have advanced enough for the operation, including over 100 staff, to move to its new spaceport in New Mexico.

A hangar, offices, fuel farm, warehouses, an antenna for telemetry and communication and an interior fit out have all been completed at New Mexico’s Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport

“Our Virgin Galactic adventure has been intertwined with New Mexico and Spaceport America right from the start and our stories have been unfolded together. New Mexico delivered on its promise to build a world-first and world-class spaceport,” said Sir Richard Branson.

“Today, I could not be more excited to announce, that in return, we are now ready to bring New Mexico a world-first, world-class spaceline. Virgin Galactic is coming home to New Mexico where together we will open space to change the world for good.”

The service promises to deliver guests a 90-minute voyage in space. More than 600 people have already paid Virgin for flights, costing $250,000 per person. The flight of which could set off as early as this year.