Richard Branson made history last week, being the first billionaire to go into space aboard a ship produced by his company. Even though Jeff Bezos claims that he did not become “technically” in space, Branson started a new industry: that of space tourism. For a few hundred thousand euros, anyone can go into space aboard a Virgin Galactic shuttle, and one of the first customers is Elon Musk, CEO and founder of SpaceX and a good friend of Branson.
Elon Musk is queuing to travel in space in Richard Branson’s shuttle
Shortly after Branson’s trip, it was revealed that Elon Musk had been buying a ticket for a space trip with Virgin Galactic for some time. Even though SpaceX already has more advanced technology that allows it to travel to and from the International Space Station, Musk will not go into space aboard a Crew Dragon capsule, even if it is preparing for its first commercial flight. The first “civilians” to visit space aboard a SpaceX capsule will leave in September for a three-day mission to orbit the planet, a mission funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman, who will also be on board.
However, it is not clear when Elon Musk’s flight will take place aboard a SpaceShipTwo shuttle from Virgin Galactic, as there is currently a long waiting list for commercial flights. According to Virgin Galactic, 600 seats are already sold, and among those interested are even Justin Bieber or Leonardo DiCaprio. A ticket costs about US $ 250,000, and the shuttle can accommodate only six passengers per trip.
The next space tourism launch will take place in just a few days. Jeff Bezos with his brother, Wally Funk and the young Oliver Daemen, will take off on July 20 aboard a Blue Origin capsule. As with Virgin Galactic, the weightlessness experience will only take a few minutes.
source: The Verge
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