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Virgin Galactic will train astronauts for NASA

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Virgin Galactic will help train astronauts for NASA

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Virgin Galactic will help train astronauts for NASA

Virgin Galactic will train astronauts for NASA

Virgin Galactic shares jumped on Monday after signing an agreement with NASA that will allow the company, as part of its space tourism program, to prepare astronauts for scheduled flights to the International Space Station..

A company that is publicly traded but is primarily owned by the founder Richard Branson, announced on Monday it had signed an agreement with NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which leads the astronaut program in Houston.

Virgin Galactic Shares Up 13% Premarket From Previous Close At $ 15 Per Share.

Pursuant to the agreement, Virgin Galactic said it will develop «private orbital astronaut training program». The company also said it will seek to buy back seats on flights to the space station that SpaceX is currently offering with its Crew Dragon spacecraft. Virgin Galactic said missions «can range from private civil expeditions to government scientific research».

«We are delighted to partner with NASA on this private spaceflight program that will not only allow us to use our space platform, but also offer our space education infrastructure to NASA and other agencies.», – said the CEO of Virgin Galactic George Whitesides.

It has not yet been announced how much NASA plans to pay Virgin Galactic under the terms of the agreement. Virgin Galactic has 603 flight armor into space from private customers, with most of these tickets selling for between $ 200,000 and $ 250,000. The company has yet to start commercial service as testing at its New Mexico base is still ongoing in preparation for the flight of its first commercial customer..

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein tweeted on Friday that the agency will come out this week with more details.

Virgin Galactic will train astronauts for NASA