Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space tourism business says it has added “about” 100 new clients, at $450,000 each, to fly to the edge of space.
The added voyagers have been signed up despite certain delays to any passenger-carrying flights not likely until, at best, Q4/2022 when an Italian crew could fly.
Virgin Galactic’s CEO Michael Colglazier told analysts that new customers were paying $150,000 deposit and $25,000 was non-refundable in the event of cancellation. He added that there had been a high demand of enquiries after the July test flight with Branson aboard, with 60,000 people asking about flight possibilities.
Currently, the company’s launch assets are being overhauled and having maintenance work carried out at Virgin’s facility in Mojave, California.