Tickets to space, bought by ‘handful’ of UAE residents

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Virgin space tourism recently shared that “a handful” residents from Dubai, Emiratis and expats, are set to become space tourists as they have purchased space tickets worth $250,000.

Virgin Galactic plans to deploy the first batch of space tourists to sub-orbit next year.

“We have just over 600 customers signed up for our flights and they represent 60 countries. One of the countries represented is the UAE, some of them are from Dubai.This is a very engaged region and there’s a lot of interest in the space sector,” Aleanna Crane, head of communications at Virgin Galactic, told Khaleej Times.

Moreover, the company launched spacesuits for its passengers that were on display during the Dubai Airshow.

In line with this, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai has signed the spacesuit during his visit to the event on Sunday.

The suit compromises a base layer for temperature regulation and comfort. Then, the suit features several personalization such as a communication button with other astronauts on board and the pilot; space boots; mission patch; and a space for a country’s flag.

Crane said that “It’s a massively diverse group and they represent different countries,” when asked about the demographics of the space tourists.

Lastly, a spaceport in New Mexico is under way for the flight launches, though an agreement states that a spaceport will also be constructed at Al Ain Airport.

Source: Khaleej Times