Richard Branson Aims to Make Space Trip on July 11, Ahead of Jeff Bezos


Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson will journey to the sting of house on Virgin Galactic Holdings’s check flight on July 11, Branson’s house tourism agency stated on Thursday, beating out fellow aspiring billionaire astronaut Jeff Bezos.

A profitable flight by Branson aboard Virgin’s VSS Unity spaceplane would mark a key milestone in a race to usher in a brand new period of non-public industrial house journey.

It would additionally imply that Branson would journey past Earth’s ambiance forward of Bezos, the founder of rival house tourism enterprise Blue Origin.

Bezos, who based retail big Amazon, is slated to fly to house on July 20 alongside together with his brother, Mark, trailblazing feminine pilot Wally Funk and a so-far unidentified one who plunked down $28 million (roughly Rs. 210 crores) to be a part of the suborbital joyride.

Reuters reported final month that Branson was contemplating a show-stealing mission simply days forward of Bezos’ deliberate journey.

The race, which additionally contains SpaceX Chief Executive Elon Musk, is underpinned by optimism that house journey will turn out to be mainstream as nascent expertise is confirmed and prices fall, fueling what UBS estimates could possibly be a $3 billion (roughly Rs. 2,410 crores) annual tourism market by 2030. Musk has not set a date for his house flight.

“Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry, which is set to open space to humankind and change the world for good,” Branson stated in a press release accompanying Virgin’s announcement.

Branson’s July 11 mission would be the twenty-second flight check for VSS Unity, and the corporate’s fourth crewed spaceflight, Virgin stated.

But will probably be the primary to carry a full crew of two pilots and 4 “mission specialists,” together with Branson.

Two extra check flights are deliberate earlier than Virgin expects to start industrial service in 2022, Virgin stated.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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