Virgin Galactic plans to resume suborbital flight tests of SpaceShipTwo (SS2) VSS Unity in late October from Spaceport America in New Mexico after a 20-month long hiatus, according to a filing the company made with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Vasily Klyukin, a 37-year-old Russian real estate mogul who lives in Monaco, will spend $1.5 million to take a flight into space alongside “Titanic” star Leonardo DiCaprio aboard Sir Richard Branson’s SpaceShipTwo.
“I want to be a bit daring,” Klyukin told Reuters. “I will have to give up smoking now for sure!”
Klyukin won the trip at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS charity dinner during the Cannes Film Festival. Two more seats on the same flight were auctioned off for an additional $2.3 million.
Seats on Virgin Galactic flights now cost $250,000 apiece.