British businessman Richard Branson will personally take part in the test flight to be held today. The flight will also be broadcast live on the internet.
The “VSS Unity” vehicle, which successfully completed the first manned flight test last May, will be the first full-crewed flight test this time.
The 90-minute flight will go 90 km above the earth. This will be the company’s fourth flight into space.
If the test flight is successful, the 70-year-old Branson will also become the “first billionaire in space”.
600 people have made reservations for space tourism with Virgin Galactic company so far.
Space tickets start at $250,000.
Another important actor in the space tourism race is Jeff Bezos and his space tourism company Blue Origin.