Here's Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two cruising over the Mojave Desert last Thursday. The VSS Enterprise spacecraft didn't travel into suborbital space but stayed affixed to its mothership. Virgin's planned price for a few minutes of suborbital views? $200,000.
The SpaceShip Two wasn't carrying guests on Thursday — its crew was just testing the spacecraft. Virgin's WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve mothership is designed to fly tourists to approximately 50,000 feet, where the VSS Enterprise will disembark and offer them a few minutes of suborbital kicks. My prediction? Virgin will run into problems with shameless billionaires trying to attempt humanity's first space bonk.
[Via SPACE. Photo credit: Virgin Galactic.]