Icelander Going To Space - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Icelander Going To Space

Published March 14, 2011

Gísli Gíslason will be among the passengers of Virgin Galactic’s maiden voyage, which would make him the first second Icelander in space, RÚV reports.
Virgin Galactic, founded by British entrepreneur Richard Branson, is an airline that plans to provide sub-orbital space flights to the public. Gísli is one of the select few who will take the flight.
The flight is tentatively scheduled for sometime in the next 2 to 3 years, and costs 23 million ISK.
Gísli says he had seen television programs about Virgin Galactic years ago, and booked a flight through the company’s website. He only recently got the confirmation that he will be going into space. Gísli has worked as a lawyer, a real estate mogul, and even a producer for the Icelandic horror film “Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre”. His most recent venture is as CEO of Northern Lights Energy, a company designing electric cars.
 
“There are 2 – 3 years before I go up. I’ve kind of been skipping classes at the gym for the last three years so now I have to go,” Gísli told RÚV.


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