“Since the dawn of the space age, only 557 humans have travelled above the Earth’s atmosphere and into space. Throughout five decades of human spaceflight, the national space agencies in the United States, Russia and China have inspired the world. But because government space agencies are not asked to help ordinary citizens to become astronauts, most of our planet’s seven billion people have had no opportunity to experience space and all of its possibilities for themselves, regardless of their passion or talents.
Virgin Galactic promises to change that. Their purpose is to become the spaceline for Earth, democratizing access to space for the benefit of life on Earth.”
This is the new concept created by the multinational British conglomerate Virgin and its founder, Sir Richard Branson. The company is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space for tourists.
Along with hundreds of professional rocket scientists, engineers, designers and other highly qualified people with experience in NASA, traditional aerospace firms and other Virgin companies, they are on the way into creating the world’s first commercial spaceline.
Virigin is expanding the concept we have long dreamed of colonization and exploration of space.
But in order to make this happen, applicants need to be trained as astronauts. There is a 3 day of pre-flight preparation, bonding and training onsite at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport. This is a very important procedure to insure that the passengers will be the most comfortable in macrogravity and also mentally and physically prepared for the trip. Obviously, they make it very clear that this is not a risk-free experience (but then again, nothing truly worth doing ever is!).
If you’re one of the many who dream about going into space, you can apply through the Virgin Galactic website where you fill in a form with questions such as your motivations for going into space and explain why and how you would benefit their community of astronauts. Of course, don’t forget that you have to be over 18 and be ready to hand in the upfront deposit of a mere US$250.000!