Several private space companies are scrambling to send tourists into space from SpaceX to Blue Origin. On November 15th it was reported that Virgin Galactic had taken a slight lead in the race, having launched a training programme for those who had already paid more than 200,000 pounds to prepare for space.
George Whitesides, chief executive of Virgin Galactic, said: “Introducing our astronaut preparation program to our first customers marks an exciting time in our journey and means that the time to go into space is getting closer.” ”
The project, called the Astronaut Readiness Program, is being carried out at Under Armour’s global headquarters in Baltimore.
The program will first equip participants with specially designed bulletproof spacesuits that they will wear during space flight. Participants will also receive medical consultations, as well as nutrition and fitness classes.
Virgin Galactic’s Space Shuttle 2 space trip ticket, which is understood to cost 200,000 pounds, doesn’t seem to deter enthusiasts, with more than 600 people from more than 60 countries signing up for the spacecraft, which will launch in mid-2020.