Virgin Galactic is a company established by Richard Bransons Virgin Group to undertake the challenge of developing space tourism for everybody. Virgin Galactic is planning to make it possible for almost anyone to visit the final frontier at an affordable price. An extensive test flight program commenced in 2008 and are ongoing. At the same time, only a handful of certified travel agents around the world were invited to apply to become ASA’s – Accredited Space Agents. Francis Contreras is one of them.
Commercial operations will begin as soon as the system is determined to be as safe as possible. Virgin Galactic will own and operate privately built spaceships, modeled on the history - making SpaceShipOne craft. These spaceships will allow affordable sub - orbital space tourism for the first time in our history. Commercial perations will be based at Spaceport America in New Mexico, which is under construction now. Vigin Galactic's futuristic Terminal Hangar facility is scheduled to be competed some time in 2011.