So far, nearly 700 people have paid either $200,000 or $250,000 (€146,000 or €183,000) for a two-hour trip into space inside the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, a trip that includes five minutes of weightlessness. (Virgin raised the price by $50,000 [€37,000] in May 2013 to adjust for inflation: some future astronauts paid their $200,000 as long ago as 2004, when tickets first went on sale and Branson predicted a 2007 launch. Tom Hanks has booked, along with Angelina Jolie and Princess Eugenie.)
Now they are only months away. Branson says the first unmanned test flight will take place "soon"; he and his children will take the first commercial space flight later this year.