Virgin Galactic to Make First Space Trip "Within Weeks"

Virgin Galactic will be in space in “weeks not months,” says Branson

Branson was referring to the Virgin Galactic spaceship being developed by the company for future commercial trips into space.

"Virgin Australia is very focussed on supporting the mental health of its passengers and team members, and there are very few of us who haven't been directly or indirectly impacted by anxiety".

When asked about consumer demand for space travel, he told CNBC: "I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is big".

Talking to the BBC at that time, Branson said: "I think we're both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first. Our mission is to make space travel as affordable and safe as possible", he said.

"We should be in space within weeks, not months", Branson told CNBC on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, Branson admitted Virgin Galactic was in a closely-fought race with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to the get the first fare-paying passengers into space.

Once Virgin Galactic successfully establish its commercial trips to space, Branson plans to reduce the price of the ticket to around $40,000 United States dollars in the next ten years or so.

He said his space tourism firm will carry passengers beyond orbit "not too long after" that.




Some 700 people have already paid $250,000 each for a seat on the spacecraft, and Virgin Galactic has said that the clamor for places means that anybody purchasing a ticket today will probably have to wait until at least 2021 before they can get to experience the ride of a lifetime.

The company plans to conduct several more supersonic test flights this year.

All Virgin Australia guests will also have access to the Smiling Mind app guided meditations via the Inflight Entertainment System, enabling the reduction of stress and anxiety during the flight.

"For space travel, the demand will far outstrip supply".

Smiling Mind CEO Dr Addie Wooten said: "As little as a couple of minutes of meditation can improve our overall sense of calm and wellbeing during a flight".

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Virgin Active operates five clubs in Singapore, with a sixth due to open in Paya Lebar soon. "We want to build and consolidate first before we look at other countries".

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