Virgin Galactic, part of Virgin Altantic Airways, has recently announced that frequent flyers will be able to redeem their miles sometime in the near future for commercial suborbital flights into space. While interested customers may need as many as 20 million points to reserve a future flight, gamers can look forward to another opportunity: a “skill-based online game” that will offer space flights as top prizes. No other details about the nature of the game were announced.
What’s a suborbital spaceflight? Don’t expect a trip to the moon; it’s simply a flight that doesn’t place the vehicle into orbit. Passengers can expect to spend a short time at the edge of space before returning to the Earth’s atmosphere.