Branson Wants to go into Space Before Bezos

The British billionaire Richard Branson has a good chance of traveling into space earlier than his even richer colleague Jeff Bezos with self-developed space technology. Branson wants to travel to space on July 11 with the 18 meter long SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity of his space company Virgin Galactic fly into space. In addition to two pilots, two female astronauts, one astronaut and Branson, are expected to fly in the space capsule, meaning that a time window will open on that day for the next test flight. However, it can only start if the weather is good and there are no technical problems. The flight would be the 22nd flight test for VSS Unity and the company’s fourth manned space flight, Virgin said.

More than 100 kilometers in height The spaceplane is supposed to open up to the space border at an altitude of approximately 110 kilometers and then to return safely to Earth. For comparison: the International Space Station ISS flies 400 kilometers above the earth’s surface. The SpaceShipTwo has a maximum of six passengers and, as Branson’s company also explained, the flight is an important milestone in the race to usher in a new era in private commercial space travel. “I’ve always been a dreamer,” wrote Branson on Twitter. His mother taught him never to give up and reach for the stars. Now is the time to make that dream come true. Branson had an estimated $ 6 billion worth of assets to fund the plans, and if July 11 is the launch date, Branson Amazon founder Bezos would travel to the off-earth area nine days early. Blue Origin, Bezos’ space company, announced in May a manned flight with the New Shepard rocket for July 20th. The richest person in the world with an estimated fortune of almost 200 billion US dollars wants to take his brother Mark and an 82-year-old former US pilot on their maiden flight into space. A few weeks ago, another seat was auctioned for $ 28 million to a previously unknown person.