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Space Travel with the World's first Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo

The Virgin Galactic space experience starts – as it does with all astronauts – with thorough medical checks and training sessions. The two to three days of training and bonding with your fellow astronauts will initially take place at Virgin Galactic’s planned base in the Mojave Desert – or later, at their headquarters at the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport, Spaceport America in New Mexico - and will emphasise not only the procedures involved in space travel, such as G-Force acclimatisation, but also the safety aspects of the space holiday: at least 18 months of test flights will have been completed before civilian passengers can experience their suborbital spaceflight, so travellers can be assured of maximum safety.

From there, astronauts will be taken to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport where they will board SpaceShipTwo. SpaceShipTwo – or SS2 – will then be hitched to a â€Å"mothership”, WhiteKnightTwo, and taken to a height of 50,000 feet, approximately the height that Concorde used to cruise at. And it’s from here that the SS2 is airlaunched to go super-supersonic and whisk you off on your space holiday.

Having fired her hybrid rockets, SS2 will accelerate to a speed of Mach 3.3 – in just 30 seconds - in a vertical ascent eventually slowing to complete its journey 110km into space to give passengers the time to leave their seats – should they wish - and experience zero gravity and breathtaking views through surrounding windows: the cabin has been designed to be approximately the size of a Citation executive jet with no â€Å"floors” to maximise those almost unimaginable views.

The descent is equally dramatic, with the SS2 re-entering at around 6 G’s, with astronauts safe in their fully-reclining seats. Touchdown comes after 40 or so minutes of gliding and once back on planet earth you will be given your Virgin Galactic astronaut wings.

Space tourism with Elegant Resorts and Virgin Galactic

The race to become one of history’s first civilian astronauts has already begun with 70,000 people having registered their interest in taking a sub-orbital spaceflight with Virgin Galactic. With an exclusive UK, Russia and CIS deal, signed between Virgin Galactic and Elegant Resorts, you can follow in the footsteps of the very first passengers on Virgin Galactic and book your space holidays solely through the Elegant Resorts Group.

For once, you have the opportunity to experience something you can truly describe as the trip of a lifetime, with the added satisfaction of knowing that you will have helped pioneer cheap and environmental space tourism for future generations.
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