New York City, NY (NBC) — The world's first space tourism company plans on launching people into space next summer, and the first ever flight will be broadcast live on NBC. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson appeared on the Today show Friday morning to make the announcement.
"I think we're going to revolutionize this, a whole new industry, and we're going to inspire people to experience something that they would have never had the opportunity to experience, so yeah, it's awesome," said Branson.
The flights will initially just be for the rich and famous, with tickets selling at $250,000 a piece. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ashton Kutcher, and Leonardo Dicaprio are among those that have already made reservations for the ride.