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How to buy a ticket aboard a Virgin Galactic flight for $450,000 a pop



Virgin Galactic plans to soar past the Covid troubles burdening the aviation industry with an audacious financial plan

Sir Richard Branson has a plan to repair Virgin Atlantic’s money woes. The airline is exploring a possible listing on the London stock market. It has also reopened ticket sales for upcoming space flights.

The starting price for a seat aboard a Virgin Galactic flight on the ‘SpaceShipTwo’ costs a whopping $450 thousand dollars, far from the “modest premium” that CEO Michael Colglazier recently described.

The news of reopening ticket sales came alongside the release of the company’s quarterly financial report. The report revealed a net loss of over $94 million. The company has been in the red every quarter since going public in 2019.

What does a flight aboard SpaceShipTwo cost?

The company will offer three booking options; single-seat reservations, multi-seat reservations and an option to buy out all six seats on a given flight.

Colglazier also said that the company will offer seats for “research and professional astronaut training” priced at $600,000 each.

The total experience runs for approximately an hour; including a mere few minutes of weightlessness and views of earth in what the US government considers to be space.

Who can buy a Virgin Galactic flight?

Virgin Atlantic will offer the tickets to a list of “early hand raisers” before opening the spots to the public. The list in question is the “Spacefarer Community”, which has a $1000 deposit joining fee. The group has about 1000 members who have paid the deposit.

The company will also raffle off two seats to people who donated to Space For Humanity; a nonprofit working towards democratising space.

However, any new buyers will need to wait for their turn behind a pretty long list of people waiting for their chance to go to space. Almost 600 people already purchased a ticket for between $200,000 and $250,000 nearly a decade ago.

The news follows the Virgin Galactic completing its first fully crewed flight to the edge of space last month.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.


Billionaire boss pays for staff holiday to Disney



The happiest place on earth became home to the happiest staff on earth after a boss paid for a company break

Ken Griffin is the billionaire boss who booked out an entire Disney World for his staff to cap off a successful year.

Mr Griffin is the Chief Executive at Citadel LLC—a multinational hedge fund and financial services company.

He paid for his staff to visit Walt Disney World in Florida for an all-inclusive weekend away.

“We have built the most extraordinary team not only in our history, but also in the history of finance,” he said.

Around 10,000 people attended the three-day celebrations, including families of Griffin’s staff.

He paid for airfares, hotels, parking tickets, meals and entry into the happiest place on earth.

According to The New York Post, the mega-rich boss said the company has lot to look forward to.

“We have an incredible future ahead of us—and I look forward to the chapters yet to be written.”

A range of musical acts also performed, including Coldplay, Carly Rae Jepsen and DJ Diplo, as part of the weekend of celebrations.

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How did Musk lose his title as the world’s richest person?



Elon Musk has briefly lost his title as the world’s richest person

This is all following a steep drop in the value of his stake in Tesla and his $44 billion purchase of Twitter.

Bernard Arnault, the CEO of LVMH, which includes luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, briefly took over the title, with a personal wealth of $185 billion.

Musk has held the top position since late 2021, but has seen his wealth drop, as Tesla investors are worried that he is focused more on Twitter than the electric vehicle company.

Tesla has lost nearly half of its market value and Musk’s value has fallen approximately $70 billion since he made a bid for Twitter back in April.

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Europe plans to bar Meta from using your personal data 



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Europe plans to bar Meta from using your personal data in major ruling

Meta will require permission from its users to serve advertisements based on their personal data, if a confidential EU privacy body has its way.

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has issued the agency that overseas Meta one month to issue the ruling.

This is yet another blow for Meta. The company makes around 98% of its revenue from advertising, equating to $27.16 billion in the third quarter of 2022 alone.

Meta attracts advertisers due to its ability to specifically target users based on their geographical location, age, and interests. But the company has been forced to reduce a number of its targeting options recently.

This is to avoid advertisers from targeting users based on sexual orientation, health, religion, and a number of other personal characteristics.

But this recent move from the EDPB is just another blow for the social media giant. The company also having to weather Apple’s iOS 14 update that allowed users to opt out of off app tracking, further reducing the ability for advertisers to specifically target individuals with ads.

Providing users with further control over their personal data is another evolution in the data rights discussion. The issues has been raised in various articles and documentaries, including The Great Hack

If passed, Meta users will once again be faced with the million-dollar question. Would they prefer tailored ads or ads that may not be relevant?

While regulations around data privacy will continue to evolve, advertising will never cease. This is particularly true for Meta, which relies on advertising revenue for its existence.

By Dr Karen Sutherland, University of the Sunshine Coast and Dharana Digital 

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