Richard Branson will fly into space 9 days before Jeff Bezos

The space race has erupted over which of the billionaires who own companies for space travel will be the first to see it there. Space tourism will soon become a reality again and is being worked on by SpaceX’s Elon Musk, Jeff Origin’s Blue Origin and Richard Bronson’s Virgin Galactic. Jeff Bezos will set off 100 km above the Earth on July 20, but will be overtaken by the aforementioned Bronson (there is talk of less than 90 km). He reported his flight to 11 July, ie 9 days earlier. Bezos, on the other hand, announced the day before that 82-year-old Wally Funk (a pilot and ambassador of good will) will look up next to him and his brother.

It will be a mission Unity 22, ie 22 years for VSS Unity. Most of the previous ones were without a human crew, so it will be only 4 years with a human crew and the first in a full crew of 6 people. Chief pilot Dave Mackay, Colin Bennett, Beth Moses, Richard Branson himself, Sirisha Bandla and another pilot Michael Masucchi will fly. It will take off from New Mexico and land, just as American space shuttles once did.

It will fly at 9:00 Eastern Time (ET), which means 15:00 of ours, and a live broadcast will be available on the company’s website. Gradually there should be more similar flights, it will be the turn of space tourists. One ticket costs about $ 250,000 at Virgin Galactic and there are already 600 people on the waiting list. Let us remind you that the company received permission for space commercial tourist flights only a few days ago.

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