Richard Branson aims to travel in space on July 11th prior to Jeff Bezos

Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson travels to the edge of space on a test flight of Virgin Galactic Holdings on July 11. Branson’s space travel company defeated fellow aspiring billionaire astronaut Jeff Bezos on Thursday.

Successful flight by Branson Aboard Virgin The VSS Unity spaceplane will be an important milestone in competition that marks the arrival of a new era of private commercial space travel.

It would also mean that Branson travels across the Earth’s atmosphere before Bezos, the founder of a rival space travel venture. Blue origin..

BezosEstablished a major retailer AmazonDropped $ 28 million on July 20 to participate in his brother Mark, pioneering female pilot Wally Funk, and orbital Joyride, so far unidentified. I’m planning to fly to space with this person.

Reuters last month Branson Show stealing mission Just a few days before Bezos’ planned trip.

Race is also included SpaceX Chief executive officer Elon MuskBacked by optimism that space travel will become mainstream as early technology proves and costs go down, UBS estimates that the $ 3 billion annual tourism market by 2030. May become. Musk does not set a date. Space flight.

“Virgin Galactic is a pioneer in the new commercial space industry, which aims to open the universe to humanity and change the world forever,” Branson said in a statement accompanying Virgin’s announcement.

Branson’s July 11 mission is VSS Unity’s 22nd flight test and the company’s fourth manned spaceflight, Virgin said.

However, this is the first time it has a full crew of two pilots, including Branson, and four “Mission Specialists.”

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

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