WASHINGTON — The Space Angels Network is organizing a $6,000, three-day tour of Southern California’s commercial space companies that includes stops at SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, Masten Space Systems and XCOR.

The members-only event slated for Sept. 10-12 promises “unique access to some of the most exciting startups and investors in commercial space. 

“During the trip you will meet current and future private astronauts, as well as the entrepreneurs who are taking them to space,” the invitation states.

Based in Seattle, the Space Angels Network is a managed network of seed- and early-stage investors focused on space companies. In addition to the company tours, the three-day event also includes a visit to the California Science Center in Los Angeles to see the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a five-kilometer hike overlooking the Mojave Air and Space Port and a panel discussion on venture capital and aerospace.

The $6,000 fee ($5,000 if you register by July 15) includes two nights at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Ray, ground transportation, and meals. 

Brian Berger is editor in chief of SpaceNews.com and the SpaceNews magazine. He joined SpaceNews.com in 1998, spending his first decade with the publication covering NASA. He was named senior staff writer in 2004, a position he held...