Multi-industry tycoon Richard Branson, widely known for being the founder and chairman of Virgin Group has long been trying to establish the first commercial space tourism venture. Despite multiple setbacks including a fatal explosion during a ground test back in 2007, it appears the time for commercial space flight has come. The new arm of the Virgin brand aptly named Virgin Galactic, has it’s sight on making this a reality by the end of 2013 with it’s flagship vessel SpaceshipTwo operating out of the Spaceport America complex in New Mexico. This goal is feasibly possible after a recent test flight in Mojave, California was conducted successfully while shattering the sound barrier. For the reasonable yet substantial price of $200, 000, a civilian will be able to experience an event that has been reserved to a very select few since the dawn of space travel. Branson says, “We hope to create thousands of astronauts over the next few years and bring alive their dream of seeing the majestic beauty of our planet from above, the stars in all their glory and the amazing sensation of weightlessness, ” He continues,  “The development will also allow every country in the world to have their own astronauts rather than the privileged few.” This is an exciting time to be alive folks, keep your eyes peeled and ready your spacesuits, because we’re soon off to the great beyond! Read more about this exciting breakthrough in suborbital flight here.

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