Announcing his participation on today’s flight, Sir Richard said he believes space belongs to “all of us”.
He has, therefore, spent more than a decade to make his vision of accessible space tourism come to life.
He said: “I truly believe that spaceflight belongs to all of us.
“After more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry, which is set to open humankind and change the world for good.”
For the time being, however, flying to the edge of space will only remain within reach of the wealthy elites.
Customers who have secured their tickets for Virgin Galactic’s first flights are reported to have paid up to £181,000 ($250,000) for the privilege.