Virgin Galactic is hoping to send its first rocket to space "inside weeks," CEO Richard Branson said on Tuesday.
"We ought to be in space inside weeks, not months. And after that we will be in space with myself in months and not years," Branson told CNBC. "We will be in space with individuals not very long after that so we have an, extremely energizing couple of months ahead."
Branson's estimation puts the Virgin Galactic venture not a long ways behind its underlying due date. A year ago, Branson reported that he needed his organization in space, working business flights, before the finish of 2018. The first expected dispatch date was April 2018.
Over the previous couple of months, Branson has been occupied with experiencing a regimen of space explorer wellness and axis preparing. His preparation incorporates broad tennis and cycling.
Virgin Galactic has officially finished a few effective preliminary flights this year. The following period of testing will see the rockets test their perseverance and range, ideally before long achieving the cutoff points of space.
Those who wish to travel into space with Branson should make good the money. The excursion — a 2.5-hour venture with six minutes of weightlessness — will set you back $250,000. In any case, Branson said there might be promise for the individuals who can't manage the cost of that heavy sticker price. He revealed to CNBC he expects the cost could tumble down to about $40,000 or $50,000 inside the following 10 years. The value fall could take a while, however. There are now in excess of 700 individuals on Virgin Galactic's holding up list.