Tickets to space

2019-03-02 12:11:09

TO BE taken seriously, the fledgling space tourism industry needed a serious backer. This week, it got one. Richard Branson announced the creation of Virgin Galactic, a company that could start offering commercial space flights as early as 2007. Branson told a news conference on 27 September that he had “signed a historical deal to license SpaceShipOne’s technology”. SpaceShipOne, a craft built by the US company Scaled Composites, made its first successful flight to the edge of space on 21 June. As New Scientist went to press, it was being readied to fly again on 29 September,