If you have been following the Virgin Galactic One Small Step programme, you be interested to hear that there is a way for you to secure an earlier spot to travel to space.

This as the firm piloting this programme has announced that it is preparing to re-open its spaceflight sales.

The tickets for the programme, which are expected to cost upwards of $250 000 (~R380 739) when they are made available later this year. In order to secure yourself one of the first seats on the spaceflight, you can pay a refundable $1000 (~R15 231), which have been made available as of 10:00 today (26th February).

While expensive, as expected, spaces are limited according to Virgin Galactic.

“In addition to more than 600 firm reservations it has already taken from Future Astronaut customers from 60 countries, Virgin Galactic has received a consistently high level of interest from aspiring astronauts. This has resulted in 7957 online reservation registrations in the fourteen months since the first spaceflight and more than double the number the Company last reported in September 2019,” the firm wrote in a blog post.

“We have been greatly encouraged by the ongoing and increasing demand seen from around the world for personal spaceflight. One Small Step allows us to help qualify and build confidence in our direct sales pipeline, as well as to ensure that those who are most keen to make reservations, are able to do so at the earliest opportunity,” adds Stephen Attenborough, Virgin Galactic’s commercial director.

Being a supremely ambitious and expensive undertaking, it still remains to be seen if One Small Step takes flight, as it looks as if Virgin Galactic requires ticket sales first to ensure it has the necessary runway to begin taking people into space.

As such One Small Step may be a moonshot at this stage, but at least the $1000 deposit is refundable.