Branson's Galactic Venture Gets A Boost

Billionaire businessman RICHARD BRANSON's plans to take people into space onboard his Virgin Galactic rockets are proving so successful, the Brit is adding five crafts to his enterprise. Stargazers, including Victoria Principal and Bryan Ferry, will be among the first people onboard the $200,000 (GBP100,000)-a-seat space flight, and Branson insists the venture is already becoming more successful than he imagined. Branson has ordered an extra five spaceships and hopes to turn a profit within five years of its first commercial flight, scheduled for 2010. Virgin Galactic director Alex Tai has revealed 80,000 people fro 120 countries have shown an interest in the first space trip.


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