The commercial spaceflight company Virgin Galactic flew its SpaceShipTwo space plane on the craft's first rocket-powered test flight Monday (April 29) from the Mojave Air and Space Port in California. But that's just the start of a campaign to launch paying passengers into space.
SpaceShipTwo is designed to carry space tourists on trips to the edge of space and back for $200,000 a ticket. While the price may be steep for some, more than 500 people have already put down deposits to ride. The first official passengers will be Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson and his family. SPACE.com spoke to the British billionaire just hours after the successful test flight Monday. Here's Branson's view of the landmark SpaceShipTwo flight: