I want to book a flight into space with Virgin Galactic, or space-x if possible.

What health considerations do they have to be able to take such a flight?

Are there any age/health restrictions?

Would the flight be insured for 'mis-haps' or technical errors?

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    I did not find any info online, you should contact them directly.
    – Max
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 10:52
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    Virgin Galactic is a scam: they've been taking 'reservations' for several years now without actually making any progress in tourist space flights.
    – JonathanReez
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 10:53
  • You can bet they will have you sign a release of liability before you board so if it blows up too bad. Of course the EU may try to write some compensation laws since the flight would pass over Europe most likely.
    – user13044
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 13:19
  • @Tom I don't think "passing over" is of much relevance. For example, the EU does not enforce its compensation laws for flights between North America and Africa that pass over Europe.
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 14:12
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    I feel that for questions like this there should be a category, along the lines of "joke question" or "unrealistic question".
    – Fattie
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 14:45

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You can start packing (and saving). Leonard David, Space.com's Space Insider Columnist explains it all:

Good news for all you couch potatoes out there: You don't have to be in peak physical condition to make it to space.

The vast majority of people who want to fly to suborbital space and back are medically fit to do so, according to researchers at Virgin Galactic, which is developing the commercial spaceliner SpaceShipTwo.

"We have encountered only one or two [customers] for whom we have recommended that they do not take a flight with us," Virgin Galactic Chief Medical Officer James Vanderploeg said.

"In general, we have found, both through the academic research and by our own analysis, that the vast majority of people — even those with medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint replacements, lung disease and many other conditions — can safely undertake a spaceflight with proper precautions to make sure their medical conditions are well controlled," said Vanderploeg, who is also a professor of aerospace medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

As for flight insurance, aside from any informed consent or waiver of liability that may be required of passengers, that's a stickier issue, as described in this NerdWallet article by John Kuo

For tourists, space travel represents an exciting and unexplored frontier. For insurers, the prospect of insuring commercial space travel offers great opportunity, but it is also riddled with uncertainty.

Companies such as Space X and Virgin Galactic are taking steps to offer space tourism to the mainstream public. If Space X and Virgin Galactic succeed in providing mainstream commercial space flight, they will need to offer insurance. Insurance helps commercial space flight operators to better manage and assess risk and therefore allow them to grow. However, since commercial space flight is a fledgling industry, insurers will have trouble calculating insurance risks and premiums.

  • The best possible high quality answer to something of an unrealistic or joke question.
    – Fattie
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 14:45
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    @JoeBlow try saying that to those who have already plonked down $200k for the ride (still fully refundable btw?!); pas moi :-)
    – Giorgio
    Commented Oct 25, 2016 at 15:31

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