We are the world’s first commercial spaceline, and our purpose is to connect people across the globe to the love, wonder and awe created by space travel.
SPACE FOR THE CURIOUS
No matter where each of us stands on this planet we call home, we all look up to the same place. That’s why we believe space belongs to everyone: the adventurous, the audacious, and the curious.
“Taking more and more passengers out into space will enable them, and us, to look both outward and back but with a fresh perspective in both directions.”
The spaceline for earth
We go up to look down.
When we witness the majesty and fragility of Earth from space, something inside us shifts. We believe this transformation will bring countless benefits to life on our beautiful planet.
VP of Government Affairs & Research Ops
Watch how Virgin Galactic is defining the next generation of space travel.
VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACEFLIGHT
Experience weightlessness, breathtaking views of Earth, and a life-changing transformation through our unique and innovative spaceflight system, all in unparalleled comfort.
Take off & Air-Launch
Your 90-minute journey begins with a smooth runway take-off, as our spaceship, attached to the mothership, ascends towards the skies. Our spaceflight system utilizes an air-launch, meaning your journey to release altitude is calm and enjoyable.
Release & boost
After climbing to the release altitude of approximately 50,000 feet, you’ll hear the pilots call, “3,2,1, release” as the spaceship is freed from the mothership.
After a few short moments the rocket motor will ignite, and you will propel toward the stars, quickly reaching exhilarating speeds of up to three and a half times the speed of sound.
Listen to the moment the spaceship is released from the mothership.
Welcome to Space
After approximately 60 seconds, the pilots will shut down the rocket motor and you’ll see the color out the window change from blue, through indigo and into an inky black, signaling your arrival in space. At this point you’ll gently unbuckle and float effortlessly out of your seat in micro-gravity. The cabin is designed for your enjoyment, including 17 windows for the breathtaking views of Earth.
Chief Astronaut Instructor
Meanwhile, the vehicle is preparing for re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, where it utilizes our spaceflight system’s greatest innovation – feather technology. In space, the spaceship folds in half, with the wings moving upward as our pilots put the vehicle into an elegant backflip that points the windows straight back toward Earth, offering our astronauts astounding and unobstructed views.
This maneuver allows the vehicle to behave like a capsule on re-entry, spreading the friction heat across the underside of the spaceship and aerodynamically enabling it to reorientate itself. Once you’re back into the thickest parts of the Earth’s atmosphere, the wings come back down, allowing the vehicle to glide safely and smoothly back home, to the same runway you took off from.
“Virgin Galactic’s feather technology combines the advantages of capsule designed spacecraft and winged space vehicles into one, elegant system.”
Welcome Home, Astronaut
Our exclusive automotive partner, Land Rover, provides world-class assistance across our entire experience by towing the spaceship and transporting our astronauts. As a Virgin Galactic astronaut, you will have the opportunity to purchase a unique, ‘Astronaut Edition’ Range Rover.
You’ll be greeted by your family, friends, and your very own Virgin Galactic Astronaut Wings ceremony. These wings are a symbol of your pioneering spirit and the beginning of your journey back on Earth. Then, you’ll continue on with our community of Virgin Galactic Astronauts and Future Astronauts. As part of this group, you’ll have exclusive access to amazing experiences, but more importantly, you will have the opportunity to inspire others through your journey.
Your Astronaut Journey
We invite you into a new paradigm of astronaut experience, where your spaceflight is just the beginning.
A COMMUNITY CONNECTED, A VISION SHARED
When you secure your reservation to space, you gain access to our Future Astronaut community. You’ll be connected to more than 700 pioneers from around the world who share a love of adventure and a passion for positive change. Prepare for your journey together with our program of incredible events and experiences.
GATEWAY TO SPACE AT SPACEPORT AMERICA
Welcome to New Mexico, the home of Gateway to Space at Spaceport America. Our state-of-the-art facility is the first-of-its-kind in the world, and offers the perfect backdrop for you to connect with our home planet prior to your flight.
Our fully-immersive training program will get your mind and body prepared for your spaceflight, so you can savor every single moment of the experience.
You and your fellow astronauts will be integrated into pilot briefings, trained by our world-class spaceflight experts, fitted for your bespoke Under Armour spacesuit and boots, and more.
Your Under Armour spacewear system is designed for ultimate comfort and maneuverability during weightlessness.
THE OVERVIEW EFFECT & BEYOND
How will you push the pace of change toward a better, brighter future for humanity?
A COGNITIVE TRANSFORMATION
Viewing our beautiful planet from space provides an indescribable, euphoric experience. Many astronauts talk about the "Overview Effect,” a cognitive transformation that inspires a complete shift in your worldview and your place within it.
THE FUTURE OF SPACE TRAVEL HAS ARRIVED
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