Virgin Galactic

Photo Credit: Jonathan Leake on Twitter

We have talked about how Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Jeff Bezos (Blue Origin) are developing the area of space tourism. Today we are going to talk about one of the other big efforts in this space: Virgin Galactic, started by Sir Richard Branson.

Richard Branson started the Virgin group of companies almost 50 years ago. He started with music and then expanded into other areas, including the airline space (Virgin Atlantic), health, books, and now, into space, with Virgin Galactic.

What does ‘virgin’ mean? It is used to introduce something that has not been explored before.

So is Virgin Galactic’s approach to getting tourists to space different to what we have already heard about with SpaceX and Blue Origin?

Yes! SpaceX and Blue Origin are developing rockets that will take people on a spaceship into orbit or to Mars (SpaceX) or on sub-orbital flights into space (Blue Origin). Virgin Galactic is developing a spaceplane called the WhiteKnightTwo, that carries a spaceship 50,000 feet above the earth. There will be 6 tourists in the spaceship that is called SpaceShipTwo. SpaceShipTwo will be released by the WhiteKnightTwo at 50,000 feet, at which point its rocket will push it into space. This will let the tourists have some fun with weightlessness and will then bring them back to earth.

How much will a ticket on Virgin Galactic cost? They say $250,000 per ticket! News reports say that more than 700 people have bought tickets already.

When will Virgin Galactic get tourists into space? They hope to do so in 2018.

Watch this video to see what they think it will look like!



Spread the love
No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Write to us at

Help us keep currentkids, current! We’d love to hear about your crazy adventures and experiences. Send us your pictures, travel diaries, thoughts on cool new gadgets, gaming experiences and anything else you find interesting!

About Us

Welcome to our entertaining and empowering news source for kids with inquisitive minds! This is a digital space that keeps kids aged 8 and above (and your families!) connected to what’s happening in the world. We filter a wide variety of news, events, and interesting bits of trivia to develop short, relevant, unbiased content in creative formats. We give everyone something to relate to and get engaged with in short bytes of information with a snappy, chatty feel. We believe in encouraging curiosity, creativity and continued learning in our safe digital space.

Why is reading non-fiction important?

This helps curious minds to learn more about the outside world. It also enriches their vocabulary and their general knowledge. Simplified news helps children to express their opinions easily with their friends and family and gives them some perspective on complex issues. Our safe news website will give you parents a useful tool with which to navigate the digital world with your children.

We hope you enjoy our posts!

Biyash & Sunaina

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay current!


You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.