According to a British newspaper, American director Elon Musk, director of Tesla and SpaceX bought a ticket for Richard Branson’s British billionaire’s space flight.
While Branson’s Virgin Galactic is preparing for its first full-staff and passenger journey to the edge of space on Sunday, The Sunday Times to his knowledge, Musk, the head of rival SpaceX, has bought himself a ticket for one of Virgin’s future voyages.
Musk deposited ten thousand dollars (almost three million forints) to reserve a seat, but the departure date of the flight has not been set.
In an interview with The Sunday Times, Branson confirmed the fact of the purchase, adding that he might reciprocate Musk’s gesture and buy a ticket for a future SpaceX flight.
“Elon is my friend, and one day maybe I’ll travel on one of his spaceships,” he said.
During the billionaire space race, he had fired dozens of SpaceX missiles, also traveling humans, but Musk himself had not yet spacecraft. SpaceX’s first, completely private launch will begin in the fall.
Richard Branson will be the first to take part in a mission as an owner-astronaut, ahead of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who plans to travel on his own rocket in nine days, built by a company called Blue Origin.
Virgin Galactic space tourists will be able to board aboard for about $ 250,000 and taste weightlessness for four minutes on their journey.
Branson will leave the border of outer Mexico from New Mexico on Sunday at 8.30 am local time (16.30 pm Hungarian time), the start will be broadcast live on the Virgin Galactic portal.
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Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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