But Virgin Galactic
has $10 million worth of "interest" in hand--in the form of down payments from future space tourists.
Today, Virgin Galactic
spokesman Will Whitehorn said 157 people had applied to go on the space flight which will cost around $200,000 (pounds 114,000).
To date the world has seen only 444 astronauts, but with the launch of Virgin Galactic
commercial flights this figure is expected to grow to many, many thousands.
Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port, The Spaceship Company is the aerospace production company, founded by Virgin Galactic
and Scaled Composites, which is building the world's first fleet of commercial spaceships (SpaceShipTwos) and carrier aircraft (WhiteKnightTwos) intended to make regular, commercial, manned space travel a reality.
The announcement came just days after Virgin Galactic
successfully completed the test flight of its latest SpaceShipTwo space plane VSS Unity.
Asked when Abu Dhabi could have its own spaceport, Whitesides said that Virgin Galactic
is focused on starting commercial operations at its first spaceport, Spaceport America.
While in Dubai last month, the Virgin Group founder said Virgin Galactic
would one day rival Dubai's Emirates Airline in offering long-distance travel by air.
According to Virgin Galactic
CEO George Whitesides,"We are proud of the great progress our propulsion team has made in reaching these milestones.
In this study, RAVE stars were used to examine the kinematics (velocities) of stars in a large, 3D region around the Sun - the region surveys 6500 light years above and below the Sun's position as well as inwards and outwards from the Galactic
centre, reaching a quarter of the way to the centre.
When we sweep farther northeastward from the Scutum Star Cloud and farther from the galactic
center, we shift our gaze away from our galaxy's inner regions and increasingly encounter features in our own spiral arm.
Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic
aims to bring tourists to space aboard its SpaceShipTwo.
has acquired the interest, securing full ownership of the business.