Virgin Galactic, a space company owned by British billionaire Richard Branson, has decided to resume selling tickets for tourist space flights for the first time in seven years. The starting price is 450 thousand dollars.
According to Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier, the decision to resume ticket sales came as more people become interested in the company following the successful flight of the VSS Unity rocket with Richard Branson into space on July 11. On that day, Virgin Galactic successfully completed its first tourist space flight in less than an hour.
As of June 30, the company already has about 600 bookings for future space flights.
Virgin Galactic offers three different seat reservations options for future space travel: you can buy one seat, book multiple seats, or book an entire spacecraft.
Virgin Galactic suspended reservations for space flights in 2014 because of a disaster during a test flight. Following an accident with the spacecraft, one of two pilots died.