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Space Tour in Virgin Galactic's Cabin to Cost $250,000

Space Tour in Virgin Galactic's Cabin to Cost $250,000

Friday, 31 July, 2020 - 08:00
The interior cabin of space tourism firm Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is seen in an artist's rendition released July 28, 2020. Virgin Galactic/AP
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Virgin Galactic, which was established to organize space tourism trips, has unveiled the space cabin where passengers will one day gaze at Earth after paying $250,000 (£175,000) for a ticket to space.

Revealed for the first time during an online event on Tuesday, the design features an "unrestricted astronaut float zone" for zero-gravity jaunts, according to The Sun.

Billionaire Sir Richard Branson, the owner of Virgin, said the cabin was designed "to allow thousands of people... to achieve the dream of spaceflight safely."

Branson unveiled the plans, which include individually sized reclining seats and automated mood lighting, during a virtual tour live-streamed to YouTube.

Virgin Galactic also said the cabin included soft surfaces and window edges to allow passengers to float out of their seats unharmed. There are plans for a large circular mirror which would allow customers to view themselves floating in zero gravity. Twelve cameras will provide high-definition footage of the flight, while passengers will soak up views of Earth through the cabin's 17 windows.

After the plans were announced, Sir Richard said: "When we created Virgin Galactic, we started with what we believed would be an optimal customer experience and then built the spaceship around it.”

“We will continue with that ethos as we expand our fleet, build our operations and underpin Virgin Galactic's position as the space center for Earth."

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