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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A Norfolk man has booked his ticket on the 1st Virgin Galactic flight to space.
Richard Burr, a property developer from Aylsham has secured place 205 on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo; capable of transporting two pilots and six passengers in sub-orbital travel.
Mr Burr is one of 500 people including movie star Ashton Kutcher to be launched into space next year, paying a price of £100 000 for the experience.
The wild and intense ride into the atmosphere will last for half an hour once it orbits into space and will subject riders to up to 6 GS, six times the normal force of gravity.
Richard Branson will be revealing design changes to the craft at Fanborough International Airshow, one of the world’s leading aviation marketplaces.
The event is being held for six days from Monday with 250,000 visitors expected to flock to see the famous spaceship and billions of pounds will be exchanged as passenger jets, cargo planes and fighter jets are bought at the aviation hub.
We spoke to people on the streets of Norwich to find out if they had £100,000 whether they would spend it on a flight into space or something else.
Chris Pierce, 49, owner of a watch stall in Norwich, said: “I wouldn’t want the publicity. I’d rather do something else like go over Niagara Falls in a barrel.”
Mark Gold, 33, from Norfolk, said: “I wouldn’t spend £100,000 on going to space, I have more important things to spend my money on. I’d buy luxuries and a new house.”
Cherie Dadless, 18, from Norwich, would rather spend her money on shopping, buying clothes and shoes.
She said: “Why would you want to spend all your money on something like that? They must be mad!”
Not everyone is against the idea, one little boy from Norwich has been begging his mum to ride on a spaceship.
Charlene Mitchell, 31, from Norwich said: “I wouldn’t go to space, I’d rather buy my own little island with that type of money and it would be safer that going to space that’s for sure. My four year old little boy would love to go though. He asks me about it all the time saying – Can I go to space mummy?”
A full flight simulation of a ride on SpaceShipTwo, modeled on the ship’s predecessor, SpaceShipOne, built by Scaled Composites has already been tested by trainee astronauts.