As Russian and American officials consider if and when to send sopranonaut Sarah Brightman into space, the British singer has hedged her bets by buying a less costly ride there.
Keeping all bases covered Miss Brightman, who has an estimated fortune of £30 million, already has a much cheaper ticket, just £125,000, for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic programme, which hopes to begin carrying commercial passengers into space next year. But the singer is said to be frustrated by the lack of any firm date….
Virgin Galactic’s commercial director Stephen Attenborough says: “We will be offering the full space experience. It will be life-changing for those on board. Tests are going well. We haven’t been into space yet but we expect that will happen this year.
“What we are trying to achieve is monumentally difficult and we are at least four or five years ahead of the opposition to became the first private company to offer commercial space flights. We have to get everything right.”
Some 600 people from more than 50 countries have so far paid the full price for a ticket, says Mr Attenborough, The passenger list includes almost 100 Britons, all keen to travel at four times the speed of sound.
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