British billionaire Richard Branson wants to fly into space with his Virgin Galactic spacecraft on July 11 – thus beating American rival Jeff Bezos by nine days.
British billionaire Richard Branson plans to fly into space on July 11 with the help of his space company Virgin Galactic. On Thursday, the company announced the launch date of the scheduled “Unit 22” mission. In addition to the two pilots, four passengers, including Branson, are said to have flown in the space capsule. If the start date remains on July 11, Branson will have nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos makes this trip.
Blue Origin, Bezos’ aerospace company, announced in May a manned flight of its New Shepard rocket on July 20. The richest person in the world wants to take his brother and an 82-year-old former American pilot on their first space flight.
In May, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity aircraft completed a manned space test flight with two pilots. The capsule was launched aboard a carrier aircraft from the commercial spaceport of Spaceport America in the US state of New Mexico. The mother ship, VSS Unity, was lowered at an altitude of approximately 14 kilometers. Then the space capsule accelerated with its rocket engine and continued the journey.