By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer
Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company is blazing a trail in the rocket industry with its passenger spacecraft. While Branson may not be as much of a tech wizard as SpaceX’s Elon Musk, he’s pushed Virgin Galactic hard to create rockets that the public can ride into space.
Once finished and fully tested for safety, these passenger rockets will be able to carry tourists 60 miles high to the very edge of space itself. The ride won’t be cheap, though, since tickets will cost a whopping $250,000! For that ultra-expensive price, you’ll get a chance to gaze through the cabin’s side and ceiling windows at Earth’s endless horizons far below.
Virgin Galactic offered an inside look at their “SpaceShipTwo, Serial Two” spacecraft, which was built north of Los Angeles in a secure facility located in the high desert.
When the SpaceShipTwo is complete, six passengers and two pilots will board the craft, which combines a rocket and glider. Then, it will be carried by a mighty WhiteKnightTwo airplane to about 50,000 feet, before dropping and igniting powerful rocket engines. Once it hits top speed, passengers will blast through the skies at almost 2,500 mph, which is over 3 times the speed of sound!