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SpaceShipTwo to offer passengers chance of floating about in zero gravity

Tickets for a ride aboard SpaceShipTwo will set you back £174,500 Credit: Mark Greenbe / DPA/PA Images

Sir Richard Branson says his Virgin Galactic team have been working day and night for the past 15 months to get SpaceShipTwo ready for taking passengers on a trip of a lifetime.

Here is what you can expect from purchasing a £174,500-ticket for the voyage into space:

  • Flight time of approximately two hours
  • 60-minute journey from take-off to release from the WhiteKnightTwo carrier at approximately 50,000ft
  • Independent flight time of 30 times
  • "Unique thrills of spaceflight, enjoying the opportunity to leave seats to float in zero gravity for several minutes"
  • Filmed version of the flight

Taking into account the 30-minute independent flight time, based on the full price of a ticket, half an hour on the unsupported spaceship will cost £5,800, or roughly about £97 per second.

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Virgin Atlantic reports its first profit since 2011

Virgin Atlantic has reported its first profit since 2011 and the airline's founder Sir Richard Branson said he was looking forward "to the next 30 years".

Virgin Atlantic reports its first profit since 2011. Credit: PA

The carrier is reporting a pre-tax profit of £14.4 million for the year ending December 31 2014, representing an improvement of Virgin Atlantic has reported its first profit since 2011 and the airline's founder Sir Richard Branson said he was looking forward "to the next 30 years".

Sir Richard has hailed staff for doing "a great job in turning around the airline".

Passenger who sparked hijack scare was Australian

A "drunk passenger" on a Virgin Australia flight who sparked a hijack scare after trying to enter the cockpit has been named by Bali police as 28-year-old Australian Matt Christopher.

An airport manager for the company told Indonesia's Metro TV that Christopher had been acting aggressively and was handcuffed by the flight crew.

The Virgin Australia Airlines plane landed at Bali airport following the incident. Credit: RTV

An hour before landing in Bali, the pilot alerted traffic controllers of a possible hijacking on board, an Indonesian air force spokesman said.

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