Space travel is a trending topic nowadays. There are many companies that seem to be taking part in a 21st century space race to be the first ones to take travel to the next level: beyond our planet.
In this space race, Sir Richard Branson was definitely ahead of his time when he decided to found Virgin Galactic. Since then, Virgin Galactic offers the only tangible space travel project in the world, focusing on a on a reusable spaceflight system.
Thus, Virgin Galactic will be the first commercial space airline in the world who will fulfil the dreams of thousands of people who will be able to contemplate our planet from 110 km and experience weightlessness. The future is here and soon space travel will be available to any human being!
At BRU&BRU we understood the significance of this project more than 10 years ago, and in 2007 we were elected Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agents in Spain and Andorra. In addition, to be faithful to our philosophy of recommending only those experiences that we know first-hand, I decided to embark on this adventure. Shortly after my husband decided to join me, because he also fell in love with the project, in which he believed from the beginning.
During the last years I have taken part in the future astronauts meetings organised by Virgin Galactic around the world, while I go ready to become the first Spanish woman to travel to space as Pioneer 42 in the near future.
Discover my galactic adventure throughout the years!
Virgin Galactic designated BRU&BRU as the only Accredited Space Agency to commercialise its suborbital flights to space in Spain and Andorra.
More than 10 years ago I decided to book my suborbital flight with Virgin Galactic, thus becoming Pioneer 42. I will be the first Spanish woman to fly into space!
Shortly after signing up as a future astronaut, I carried out my first trainings at the National Aerospace Training and Research Center (NASTAR) in Philadelphia, together with my husband. There, on board the Gyrolab simulator, I was able to experience the effects of g-force on my body, and I successfully passed all physical tests.
In the simulator I felt what it was really like to be inside a centrifuge for the first time. Looking at the simulator screen, I imagined myself traveling into space, away from the Earth, me in the spaceship and my family miles and miles below me. At that moment I understood the fragility and vulnerability of our beloved planet, besides realising where my stomach is!
Shortly after passing the physical tests, I traveled to New York for the presentation of the project and the models of the second generation of Virgin Galactic ships.
In the summer of 2008, Virgin Galactic officially unveiled the company's first mother ship in Mojave, named Virgin MotherShip Eve.
Throughout the years, thanks to our role in Virgin Galactic, our relationship with Sir Richard Branson grew, culminating in an intimate encounter in Barcelona, in which we had the pleasure of organising his birthday party and sharing this important moment with him and his family.
A few months later, in the Mojave Desert, Virgin Galactic unveiled its first SpaceShipTwo spacecraft, named VirginSpaceShip Enterprise (VSS).
The following year we attended the opening ceremony of Spaceport America, the first commercial space-port in the world and the future base for Virgin Galactic's operations.
In recent years, we have regularly attended the events organised by Virgin Galactic for future astronauts, such as the total solar eclipse that took place last August 2017 in Idaho, United States.
Apart from enjoying a wide range of activities and conferences, we were able to see the total solar eclipse in its entirety and in a unique setting. It was a fantastic experience!
Virgin Galactic, in collaboration with Under Armour, unveiled the first exclusive spacewear system for private astronauts in an event of futuristic character held in New York with both dance and indoor flight exhibition.
As Future Astronaut I had the opportunity to attend the event and see the real outfit that I will wear in my suborbital flight.
Each day brings us closer to the day when I will finally make my dream come true and I will be able to travel into space. Because space travel is the future, and the future is now!