Space plane for tourists? YOUD BETTER BELIEVE IT!
Virgin Galactic (a company that specializes in showing up nasa… oh wait…) has tested its new millionaire theme park ride- The Enterprise, a plane that shoots people into sub-orbit around the earth for a few seconds before shoving them back in their seats (just to see the look on their faces when they almost throw up):
On Sunday, the Enterprise was carried to an altitude of 45,000 feet by a larger “mothership,” and was then successfully released for a long, slow glide back to the Mojave Air and Space Port. The solo test flight is a step towards the day when the Enterprise will carry not only test pilots but also six space tourists up to the edge of space, where they’ll experience a few precious moments of weightlessness and a killer view. When it eventually enters service, Enterprise will be carried to its launch altitude by the “Eve” carrier plane before being released in mid-air. Enterprise will then ignite its single hybrid rocket engine to make the ascent to space. Although Eve and Enterprise have made several test flights together, Sunday was the first time the spaceplane had been released at altitude. A seat on the Enterprise will cost $200,000, and apparently people are willing to pay up: Virgin Galactic has reportedly taken deposits from 370 customers thus far.
Sounds fun if you have 200 grand to blow.
on a side note, anyone have some money they’d want to give me?