Mostly affluent men from their 30s to 60s have been booking trips so far, though at least one young couple outside Florida has decided to delay buying a home to sign up. Interest is worldwide, with bookings from Spain to Japan, said Jeannie Cartier Sauleau, owner of Sixth Star Travel of Plantation.
The $200,000 price tag pays for three days of training, the stay at the spaceport and the trip.
Galactic plans to start with one spacecraft seating six passengers and two pilots. More than 100 people already have paid $200,000 in full to be among the first space trippers. As more craft and trips are added, prices should dip, said the agents, who must be individually trained to sell the space packages.