Virgin Galactic, the space-tourism company partly owned by Virgin group founder Richard Branson, has unveiled its ambitious space tourism plans that go much beyond the sub-orbital flights the company is planning at present.
This includes space-hotels and two-person spaceships that will allow space-tourists to take sight-seeing trips a few hundred feet above the surface of the moon.
Virgin Galactic is yet to begin its sub-orbital flights and its sub-orbital space vehicle is still under development. The flights, which are expected to reach altitudes of about 60 miles, are scheduled to commence next year.
Branson’s plans for travel beyond the earth’s orbit seem audacious at present as the company is yet to successfully launch any sizable craft to orbit. However, given the relative success of private orbital launches by companies such as SpaceX, space hotels may indeed become a reality sometime in the not-so-far-off future.