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Virgin Galactic says it will sell spaceflight tickets to the public starting from TOMORROW – how to get tickets

Sir Richard Branson’s BILLIONAIRE Virgin Galactic has revealed when it will start selling spaceflight tickets to the public.

The aerospace company announced on Tuesday that it will reopen its upcoming flights from February 16.

Virgin Galactic's rocket plane can take six passengers to the edge of space

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Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane can take six passengers to the edge of spaceCredit: Virgin Galactic

Tickets cost $450,000 (£330,000) each, including an initial deposit of $150,000 (£110,000).

“We plan to bring the first 1,000 customers on board when commercial service commences later this year,” Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier said in a statement.

Virgin Galactic has launched four spacecraft so far but has yet to receive any paying customers.

Its vehicle, known as VSS Unity, rose into the air from New Mexico docked with a combat aircraft before detaching and exploding 50 miles above Earth.

Up to six passengers experience four minutes of weightlessness before Unity turns around and glides back to Earth.

Previously, only Virgin Galactic employees and Class A celebrities could book a seat on one of the airline’s 2,300 mph rocket planes.

Celebrities waiting patiently for their turn include Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.

Those interested in booking space flights can visit Virgin Galactic’s website to start the registration process.

Bookings include access to the company’s Future Astronaut community, which will provide members with access to events prior to their trip.

Virgin Galactic was founded in 2004 with the aim of sending paying tourists to space within three years but has been stymied by a multi-year delay.

A fatal crash during a test flight in 2014 shut down Virgin Galactic’s fleet for two years while it worked to tighten safety procedures.

It has now sent four spaceflights, including one involving Sir Richard, in July 2021.

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Footage of the billionaire released at the time showed him hovering around Unity’s cabin in zero gravity and peering out of its giant windows.

The billionaire said the view of the Earth was “more beautiful” than he imagined.

He told The Sun post-flight: “I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid and what surprised me was that it was harsher than I ever dreamed.

“Going to space is an extremely difficult thing, but it has to be – a trip to space is always like that.

“Going from countless to three Mach [three times the speed of sound] in eight seconds is extreme. The same goes for noise and absolute silence when one enters the space. “

Sir Richard added: “Looking out the window, I realized that our Earth is more beautiful than I imagined. It’s amazing.”

Several companies including Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin are working to make space tourism a reality, and some have already launched civilian missions.

Sir Richard Branson was a passenger on Virgin Galactic's first train

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Sir Richard Branson was a passenger on Virgin Galactic’s first trainCredit: Virgin Galactic

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