Commenting on the new initiative, Stephen Attenborough, Virgin Galactic’s Commercial Director said:”We’re greatly encouraged by the continuing and growing demand seen from around the world for personal spaceflight. One Small Step allows us to help qualify and build confidence in our direct sales pipeline, and to ensure that people who are keen to make bookings, are able to achieve this at the first opportunity”.
In light of continuing, strong progress towards commercial provider, Virgin Galactic is now preparing to release its second tranche of seats available to the public. In the first phase of the procedure, the company launched its new One Small Step qualification process on 26 February 2020, allowing those who are serious about flying to distance to enroll today and be in front of line to get company seat reservations, as soon as they become available.To take One Small Step, prospective flyers will pay a fully refundable deposit of US$1,000 at a simple online registration process which can be found on the Virgin Galactic site.
Virgin Galactic has not yet declared detailed timing or price information in respect of the following set of chairs to be released. The company officially closed its doors to new ticket sales after its history-making first space flight in December 2018.
When new chairs are released by Virgin Galactic, they will be offered first to Small Step registrants, letting them make the One Giant Leap to a verified spaceflight reservation and earn full membership of the Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Community.Along with over 600 firm reservations it has taken from prospective astronaut customers from 60 nations, Virgin Galactic has obtained a consistently high level of attention from aspiring astronauts. This has led in 7,957 online booking registrations in the two months as the first spaceflight and over double the number the company last reported in September 2019.