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Brief Published: 31 Oct 2011

Virgin Open Gateway to Space


The Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space has opened in New Mexico, costing Richard Branson and his team $210million. Designed by London-based architects Foster + Partners, the Gateway consists of a terminal and hangar facility, where two WhiteKnightTwo vehicles and five SpaceShipTwo vehicles will be housed.

A flight will last approximately 2.5 hours, offering those willing to pay the $200,000 price tag five minutes of weightlessness combined with breathtaking views of the Earth.

More than 150 people have signed up for the space flights but they will have to wait until final testing on the aircraft is complete next year.

Facilities at the Galactic Gateway will also include the company’s astronaut preparation area, a mission control centre, and a friends-and-family area.

To find out the latest on space travel see Space Tourism.

Virgin Galactic