Shares of Virgin Galactic soared in price after the company of billionaire Richard Branson has signed an agreement with NASA. This will allow the company space tourism to begin to train astronauts to fly to the International space station.
Virgin Galactic, which is publicly traded, but owned by the British billionaire Richard Branson, and its Chairman is Chamata of Palihapitiya (Chamath Palihapitiya), said on Monday, June 22, on signing the agreement , “Space Act Agreement” with the Space Agency’s Lyndon B. Johnson NASA, according to CNBC. In particular, the Agency of Johnson is the Director of the cosmonaut training program in Houston.
After the publication of this information shares Virgin Galactic has increased in price by 15.9%, reaching 17.39 dollar for one piece.
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The details of the agreement between Virgin Galactic and NASA
So, according to the agreement, the company Richard Branson announced that he will develop “a program of manned flights into orbit”. This project will be similar to the initiative, which included the training of tourists commercial flights by Virgin Galactic.
Interestingly, Branson’s company said that they would try to buy space ship Crew Dragon from SpaceX’s Elon musk on flights to the International space station.
At Virgin Galactic say that space missions will range “from private expeditions to scientific research, supported by the government.”
We are glad to cooperate with NASA. This will allow us to use as our platform for space flights and to offer their own educational strategies for these NASA missions and to other agencies,
– said CEO of Virgin Galactic George Whitesides.
The head of NASA, Jim Breidenstein said on his Twitter that this week the space Agency will have more to report for what purpose the organization will use suborbital flights.
What is known about spaceflight Virgin Galactic
Cooperation with NASA is a separate initiative and does not concern the main business, Virgin Galactic. Because, as you know, the company is planning to implement short passenger flights into space, and, thus, to develop space tourism.
Virgin Galactic provides 603 seats for private passengers who wish to fly into space. Ticket price ranges from 200-250 thousand dollars per person.
Company Richard Branson has not yet begun commercial service. To continue testing Virgin Galactic’s operating base in new Mexico.
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