Are you looking for a holiday that's truly out of this world?
Well, look no further!
Outer Space is now closer than ever, with the world's first
commercial space service Virgin Galactic preparing for take-off.
House of Travel is the travel partner of Virgin Galactic, and New
Zealanders are able to secure their tickets from one of six
Accredited Space Agents throughout the country, of which Calder
& Lawson Managing Director Paul Forward is one.
Virgin Galactic is the world's first commercial spaceline, owned
by Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi's aabar
Investments PJS. They have completed their
third rocket-powered supersonc flight of it's passenger
carrying reusable space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test,
Spaceship's reaction control system and the newly installed thermal
protection coating on the vehicle's tail boons. These
were conducted by teams from Scaled Composites and Virgin
Galactic. Virgin Galactic's spacecraft, which reached a maximum
altitude of 55,000 feet during this test flight, has been designed
to accommodate six passengers and two pilots. It's expected to
eventually do around five commercial flights a day, each reaching
an altitude of over 359,000 feet.
Commenting on the successful test flight, Sir Richard Branson
said; "I couldn't be happier to start the New Year with all the
pieces visibly in place for the start of full space flights. 2014
will be the year when we finally put our beautiful spaceship in her
natural environment of space".
The new Spaceship ( SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise) and carrier
craft (WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve) have both been developed for Virgin
galactic's vehicle fleet by Mojave, Calif., share much of the same
design, but are built to carry six customers, or the equivalent
scientific research payload, on subtorial space flights. The
vehicles will allow an out-of-the-seat, zero gravity experience
with astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space for
tourist astronauts and a unique microgravity platform for
Already eight Kiwis have purchased tickets for the
rocket-powered flights, which will see would-be astronauts view the
planets and stars from above the Earth's atmosphere, while feeling
the unique sensation of zero gravity.
Let us show you the world - from space!
Click here to get a glimpse of what your Virgin
Galactic space experience would be like.