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Julie Hill, chair of the UCI Foundation, will be one of the world's first "astro-tourists" with Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic has said it will release more tickets for flights into space after a big increase in demand from potential astronauts.

It's sold more than 600 tickets so far. They retailed at $250,000 apiece for its inaugural flight.

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Virgin Galactic sees double the demand for space travel

Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo takes off for a suborbital test flight
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Virgin Galactic said it will release more tickets for flights into space as demand doubles.

The company launched its One Small Step qualification programme on Wednesday which requires a $1,000 (£769) deposit.

Sir Richard Branson's space firm said it had already received almost 8,000 registrations of interest for future flights.

The news comes as Virgin Galactic's latest company results show a net loss of $73m for the last quarter.