Virgin Galactic has unveiled its latest suborbital aircraft that will one day take wealthy tourists to the edge of space, with prices starting at an eye-watering $250,000 per seat.
VSS Imagine will soon begin ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America base in New Mexico. In the coming months, the company will also start building VSS Inspire, the second SpaceShip III vehicle within the Virgin Galactic fleet.
Michael Colglazier, CEO of Virgin Galactic, said, “VSS Imagine and Inspire are stunning ships that will take our future astronauts on an incredible voyage to space, and their names reflect the aspirational nature of human spaceflight.”
Virgin founder Richard Branson commented, “Virgin Galactic spaceships are built specifically to deliver a new, transforming perspective to the thousands of people who will soon be able to experience the wonder of space for themselves.”
He added, “As a SpaceShip III class of vehicle, Imagine is not just beautiful to look at, but represents Virgin Galactic’s growing fleet of spaceships. All great achievements, creations, and changes start with an idea. Our hope is for all those who travel to space to return with fresh perspectives and new ideas that will bring positive change to our planet.”