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IS SPACE TOURISM ABOUT TO GET MORE AFFORDABLE WITH VIRGIN GALACTIC? 

IS SPACE TOURISM ABOUT TO GET MORE AFFORDABLE WITH VIRGIN GALLACTIC?Virgin Galactic Delta Ship. Photo: Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic just announced exciting news for space travel enthusiasts! The company plans to significantly increase the flight rate of their mothership, Eve, to a thrilling three trips per week. This means more space tourists can experience the wonders of suborbital spaceflight sooner than anticipated.

Virgin Galactic is taking a thoughtful approach. By leveraging their dependable mothership, Eve, to launch the new Delta spaceships, they can focus their resources on developing these advanced vehicles while still offering frequent space flights. It’s a win-win: the Delta gets prepped for prime time, and you get more opportunities to secure a ticket to space!

Here's why this is a significant development:

With three flights a week, Virgin Galactic could send 750 people to space annually! This dramatically increases your chances of securing a coveted spot on a future space adventure.

Potential for Future Price Optimisation

While ticket prices are currently £600,000, the increased flight rate could pave the way for a more cost-effective space tourism experience in the long term. Imagine space travel becoming (somewhat) more accessible!

A New Era for Space Tourism?

Virgin Galactic’s ambitious flight schedule suggests a strong belief in the demand for space travel. This could signal a new chapter in making space travel more commonplace.

Of course, there are a few points to consider:

The Legal Hurdle

Virgin Galactic is currently involved in a legal dispute with Boeing regarding the development of their next-generation mothership. This might cause some delays, but Virgin Galactic assures it won’t impact their current plans.

The Existing Queue

Many existing customers signed up years ago at lower prices. It might be a while before those highly discounted tickets become available again.

Despite these considerations, the future of space tourism looks bright! Virgin Galactic’s frequent flight plans suggest space travel is on the cusp of becoming more regular, and perhaps even more attainable. With a touch of patience, you might just find yourself booking a space holiday sooner than you think!