The Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo space plane Unity returns to earth after the mothership separated, at Spaceport America, near Truth and Consequences, New Mexico on July 11, 2021. - Billionaire Richard Branson took off July 11, 2021 from a base in New Mexico aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel bound for the edge of space, a voyage he hopes will lift the nascent space tourism industry off the ground.A massive carrier plane made a horizontal take-off from Spaceport, New Mexico at around 8:40 am Mountain Time (1440 GMT) and will ascend for around an hour to an altitude of 50,000 feet (15 kilometers).The mothership will then drop a rocket-powered spaceplane called VSS Unity, which will ignite its engine and ascend at Mach 3 beyond 50 miles (80 kilometers) of altitude, which marks the boundary of space according to the United States. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)
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在八月的時候,Virgin Galactic 的太空旅行再次開啟售票,但當時單座的票價已經從原來的 25 萬美元一張升高到了 45 萬美元一張。盡管如此,富人們的購票熱情依然高漲。就在不久前 VG 對外宣佈,自漲價以來他們賣出的票數已經達到了 100 張。迄今為止,VG 只會向支付了 1,000 美元(可退)訂金的人開放購票資格,目前有包括 Elon Musk 在內的約 700 人已預訂了太空旅行的座位。而從 2022 年初起,VG 計畫為更多人提供訂位的機會。

不過話雖如此,不久前 Virgin Galactic 才剛剛確認已經延後過一次的太空旅行商轉時間又要再往後推一個季度,也就是說旅客們最早也要等到 2022 年第四季才有可能成行呢。