Virgin Galactic has signed up 625 individuals for its planned suborbital spaceflights, lining up revenue of at least $125 million, in what CEO George Whitesides asserts is a strong sign of the excitement and potential of commercial space ventures. Virgin Galactic’s commercial human spaceflights could begin next year, he adds. “That will be a fundamental shift,” Whitesides stresses. “It’s sort of like we’ve been working on this for so long in the space community that it always seems like ...

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