Richard Branson Off to Space Trip on July 11 ahead of Jeff Bezos

Virgin group founder and entrepreneur Richard Branson will usher space travel on Virgin Galactic’s test flight on July 11, just 9 days before Bezos.

Reuters reported last month that Branson was considering a show-stealing mission just days ahead of Bezos’ planned trip. read more

Branson is beating fellow entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, who is planning to travel to space on the 20th of July.

According to Reuters, a successful flight by Branson aboard Virgin’s VSS Unity spaceplane would mark a key milestone in a race to usher in a new era of private commercial space travel.

It would also mean that Branson would travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere ahead of Bezos, the founder of rival space tourism venture Blue Origin.

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Bezos, who founded retail giant, is slated to fly to space on July 20 along with his brother, Mark, trailblazing female pilot Wally Funk and a so-far unidentified person who plunked down $28 million to join the suborbital joyride. read more

“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 said in a statement accompanying Virgin’s announcement.

Branson’s July 11 mission will be the twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity, and the company’s fourth crewed spaceflight, Virgin said.

But it will be the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four “mission specialists,” including Branson.

Two additional test flights are planned before Virgin expects to begin commercial service in 2022, Virgin said.

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