Justin Bieber has joined other celebrities who have reserved a seat on SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic.
Justin Bieber paid the $250,000 ticket to visit space. The SpaceShipTwo is currently in the testing stage, and Virgin Galactic, owned by Richard Branson and Virgin, expects flights to start in 2015.
On April 29, 2013, the world’s first commercial spaceline completed the first rocket-powered flight, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test was conducted by teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic, officially marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to commercial service from Spaceport America in New Mexico.
“The first powered flight of Virgin Spaceship Enterprise was without any doubt, our single most important flight test to date,” said Virgin Galactic Founder Sir Richard Branson, who was on the ground in Mojave to witness the occasion. “For the first time, we were able to prove the key components of the system, fully integrated and in flight. Today’s supersonic success opens the way for a rapid expansion of the spaceship’s powered flight envelope, with a very realistic goal of full space flight by the year’s end. We saw history in the making today and I couldn’t be more proud of everyone involved.”
In 2004, when the project was announced, Branson said, “We hope to create thousands of astronauts over the next few years and bring alive their dream of seeing the majestic beauty of our planet from above, the stars in all their glory and the amazing sensation of weightlessness.”
“After two or three fabulous days of preparing with your crew, you’re suited up and you’re raring to go. The climb to 50,000 feet is marked with quiet contemplation but there’s an air of confidence and eager anticipation,” the Virgin Galactic site states.
Once the Virgin Galactic spacecraft and its mother ship reach 60 miles above the Earth’s surface, which is a height known as the Kármán line, traveling at 2,500mph, the smaller craft will be released and the rockets will be fired, pushing passengers back into their seats for the trip into space.
The spaceship will feature two large windows for each passenger, one on the side and one overhead, and small thrusters that allow the two pilots to maneuver the ship once in space.
The spaceship will return to Earth like any aircraft, and land at the New Mexico Space Port.
More than 600 people have signed up. Among the passengers are Angeline Jolie, Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and now Justin Bieber.
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Virgin Galactic promotional trailer starring Richard Branson
Introduction by Richard Branson, interviews with Brian Binnie and Mike Melvill, with video footage from the SpaceShipOne test flights.
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