After seeing "GravityThe Sandra Bullock and George Clooney film that has been a box office success, many will have taken the idea of traveling into space. However, plans for tourist trips in 2014 continue. And it is that more than a thousand people are on the waiting list.
The ships of Virgin Galactic They are finalizing the last details before their first releases. In fact, Richard Branson's company carried out different tests with ships and pilots last week.
Branson has decided to put new wings on the spacecraft that will lift tourists to 110 kilometers high, the SpaceShipTwo, and apparently the tests of this new equipment have turned out to be a success, as reported by the company in its account of Twitter.
Suborbital flights cost $ 250,000 (about 189,000 euros) per person and are designed to reach 4,000 kilometers per hour. During the experience, the traveler will be able to observe the land in all its splendor before the blackness of space. In addition, you can experience the absence of gravity for a few minutes.
Famous on the waiting list
Among the more than a thousand people who are on the waiting list we can find some well-known characters, such as actors Josh Harnett and Leonardo DiCaprio or singer Justin Bieber. Furthermore, the scientist Stephen Hawking He has stated in several interviews his intention to travel as well. Of the rest, we can say that the average age is between 35 and 55 years, although the youngest is 18 and the oldest is 77.
A world event
Branson is eager to make these trips a global event. So it has been associated with the chain NBC-Universal to broadcast the first commercial trip to space. Branson himself and his sons Holly and Sam, will be the first passengers of the SpaceShipTwo, on a trip that will depart from the Virgin Galactic terminal at Spaceport America, in New Mexico (United States).
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