Billionaire race into space: Richard Branson puts forward against Musk. Does he also beat Jeff Bezos? At least the space company Virgin Galactic is now allowed to bring tourists into space.
The US aviation authority FAA has given the appropriate permission, as Virgin Galactic announced on Friday. It evaluated data from the test flight of the Virgin spaceplane “VSS Unity” with two pilots in May.
With the FAA approval, the race between three billionaires for tourist flights into space is heating up. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos wants to fly into space himself with a rocket from his company Blue Origin. The start is scheduled for July 20th. It is unclear whether Virgin Galactic can now start even earlier. Tesla boss Elon Musk’s SpaceX company plans to launch its first flight with space tourists by the end of the year. So far, astronauts have already flown to the International Space Station ISS with SpaceX.
Virgin Galactic’s stock jumped around a third at times after the FAA clearance was announced. As mentioned, the “VSS Unity” successfully completed a manned space test flight at the end of May. During a test flight last December, the rocket engine did not work as planned. The space plane landed on earth immediately after separating from the mother ship, and without reaching space.
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