The VSS Enterprise from Virgin Galactic made its first full-crew flight on Thursday, July 15, 2010, as it flew attached to its carrier craft VMS Eve. The entire privately owned venture is expected to be the first commercial project directed at space tourism.
Space Adventures has just signed an agreement with Armadillo Aerospace to send tourists into space for $102,000, which is a giant leap into providing suborbital spaceflights at much less of a price currently offered by Virgin Galactic.
Google has recently become interested in launching some satellites to broadcast internet to people all over the planet, and it looks like they might be interested in scooping up a stake Virgin Galactic to help launch more satellites for a different purpose.
If you’re planning on flying Virgin America anytime soon you may notice some shiny new tablets in the hands of the crew. For a while now passengers have been able to order meals using a dedicated “food” button and an in-flight entertainment system. Once the order is placed it is relayed to the staff’s tablets.
Virgin Galactic just announced that for $200,000 you can reserve a suborbital trip into space on its SpaceShipTwo. However, a little known company is offering similar trips for less than half that amount.