The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo in California's Mojave Desert Friday is another setback for private space flight and for the 700 wealthy individuals -- including celebrities like Katy Perry and Tom Hanks -- who have placed deposits on future flights.
The two-hour suborbital flight was to include five minutes of weightlessness. But after the ship’s crash on Friday, those prospective passengers may be thinking twice about spaceflight.
So who were some of the passengers booked for SpaceShipTwo?
First and foremost were Virgin CEO Richard Branson and his children for its inaugural flight. And celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Angelina Jolie, Justin Bieber and Leonardo DiCaprio have paid between $200,000 and $250,000 for a spot on the ship, according to the Guardian and Space.
Film director Bryan Singer, designer Philippe Starck as well as Russell Brand, Katy Perry, Aston Kutcher, Stephen Hawking, Kate Winslet, Lance Bass and Tesla's Elon Musk have also reportedly booked space flights, according to the New York Daily News.
It’s not known how many passengers may be dissuaded to fly on Virgin Galactic following the crash. But should they change their minds, the company does offer refundable deposits, according to its website.
Tom Hanks’ publicist didn’t immediately reply with comment.