Virgin Galactic to Offer Space Flights This Year


Get ready for liftoff!
Virgin Galactic hopes to start offering commercial flights into space by the second half of this year.

The company says it has already collected 80-million dollars in deposits and sold 680 tickets, each costing 2-hundred-50-thousand dollars.

Full test flights are set to begin this spring.

Virgin Galactic's space plane will take off from the company's "spaceport" in New Mexico.

It will climb to the upper edges of the atmosphere where travelers will experience weightlessness.

The first commercial flight will be made by the firm's founder, Sir Richard Branson, and his family.

All it needs now is its final commercial license from the federal aviation administration.

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