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Richard Branson to beat Jeff Bezos in billionaire’s space race on July 11 flight

Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson is planning to beat Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos into space by 9 days after saying plans to be Astronaut 001 on the agency’s July 11 take a look at flight. 

Bezos had already introduced in June that he could be heading to space on July 20 alongside his brother on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd spacecraft, however Branson now seems to have him beat by 9 days.

Branson appeared in a Twitter video to announce his journey on Thursday, and launched himself as ‘Astronaut 001.’

He stated: ‘I’ll be evaluating the client spaceflight expertise. As the Virgin Galactic founder I’m so proud to have this exceptional crew of mission specialists and pilots by my aspect as we fly to space.

‘I’ve all the time been a dreamer, my mum taught me by no means to surrender and attain for the celebs. 

‘This July, that dream will grow to be a actuality, and we’re actually excited to share with you all, and once we return I’ll announce one thing very thrilling to extra folks an opportunity to grow to be astronauts, as a result of space belongs to us all. So watch this space.’ 

Branson spoke after sharing one other assertion earlier on Thursday. It stated: ‘After greater than 16 years of analysis, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic stands on the vanguard of a brand new business space trade, which is ready to open space to humankind and alter the world for good.

Richard Branson shall be heading to space on a July 11 Virgin Galactic spaceflight

Virgin Galactic´s Richard Branson is planning to beat Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos being the first to blast off into space on their July 11 flight. Branson is pictured in 2019

Virgin Galactic´s Richard Branson is planning to beat Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos being the primary to blast off into space on their July 11 flight. Branson is pictured in 2019

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity, piloted by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, is released from its mothership, VMS Eve, on the way to its first spaceflight after launch from Spaceport America, New Mexico in May

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity, piloted by CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay, is launched from its mothership, VMS Eve, on the way in which to its first spaceflight after launch from Spaceport America, New Mexico in May

A photo shows the release of VSS Unity from VMS Eve and ignition of rocket motor over Spaceport America, New Mexico

A photograph exhibits the discharge of VSS Unity from VMS Eve and ignition of rocket motor over Spaceport America, New Mexico

‘I’m honored to assist validate the journey our future astronauts will undertake and guarantee we ship the distinctive buyer expertise folks anticipate from Virgin.’

It shall be Virgin Galactic’s fourth take a look at spaceflight and the primary mission with a crew of 4 on board.

Branson shall be taking off alongside Chief astronaut teacher Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut teacher who flew to space on the company’s second spaceflight mission. 

Colin Bennett, the company’s lead operations engineer, may also be part of the flight. He shall be Astronaut 003.

Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Galactic’s vp of presidency affairs and analysis operations may also be on board as Astronaut 004. 

Bezos had already announced in June that he would be heading to space on July 20 alongside his brother on Blue Origin's New Shepherd spacecraft, but Branson now appears to have him beat by nine days

Bezos had already introduced in June that he could be heading to space on July 20 alongside his brother on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd spacecraft, however Branson now seems to have him beat by 9 days

This month’s Unity 22 mission would be the twenty second flight take a look at for rocket aircraft VSS Unity and the company’s fourth crewed spaceflight. Virgin Galactic’s rocket travels 50 miles into the sky, to the sting of space, earlier than returning to Earth. 

The primary aims of the following take a look at flight, taking off from Virgin Galactic’s spaceport in New Mexico, shall be ‘evaluating… seat consolation, the weightless expertise and the views of Earth’ in the space cabin.

The company stated it additionally needs to exhibit the situations for conducting human-tended analysis experiments and make sure the coaching program at Spaceport America helps the spaceflight expertise.

Speaking forward of his upcoming space flight, Sir Richard stated: ‘I really imagine that space belongs to all of us. 

‘It’s one factor to have a dream of creating space extra accessible to all; it is one other for an unbelievable workforce to collectively flip that dream into actuality.’ 

Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor, who flew to space on the company’s second spaceflight mission will be on board

Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut teacher, who flew to space on the company’s second spaceflight mission shall be on board

Colin Bennett, the company’s lead operations engineer, will also join the flight

Colin Bennett, the company’s lead operations engineer, may also be part of the flight

Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Galactic’s vice president of government affairs and research operations

Sirisha Bandla, Virgin Galactic’s vp of presidency affairs and analysis operations

Dave Mackay will be piloting the Virgin Galactic spacecraft

Dave Mackay shall be piloting the Virgin Galactic spacecraft

Addressing the advantages of Branson embarking on the following space flight, Michael Colglazier, chief government officer of Virgin Galactic, stated: ‘Our subsequent flight – the twenty second flight take a look at for VSS Unity and our first totally crewed flight take a look at – is a testomony to the dedication and technical brilliance of our total workforce, and I’d like to lengthen a particular thanks to our pilots and mission specialists, every of whom shall be performing essential work.

‘Tapping into Sir Richard’s experience and lengthy historical past of making wonderful buyer experiences shall be invaluable as we work to open the marvel of space journey and create awe-inspiring journeys for our clients.’

Virgin Galactic plans three more test flights to the edge of space this summer and early fall, before launching with customers

Virgin Galactic plans three extra take a look at flights to the sting of space this summer time and early fall, earlier than launching with clients

Virgin Galactic plans three extra take a look at flights to the sting of space this summer time and early fall, earlier than launching with clients. 

The company had initially put Branson on the second upcoming flight, however has now moved him up to the following one in order to beat Bezos blasting off. 

Branson acknowledged it is ‘essential’ for potential clients to see him strap in for a experience, earlier than opening the doorways to the paying public.

The thrill-seeking adventurer, who turns 71 in a number of weeks, stated he is ‘not apprehensive in any respect’ about launching into space.

‘It’s a dream of a lifetime,’ he stated. 

Last week, Virgin Galactic got the Federal Aviation Administration's OK to start launching customers

Last week, Virgin Galactic acquired the Federal Aviation Administration’s OK to begin launching clients 

Last week, Virgin Galactic acquired the Federal Aviation Administration’s OK to begin launching clients. 

More than 600 folks have already got reserved a experience to space. Tickets initially price $250,000, however the worth is predicted to go up as soon as the company begins accepting reservations once more.

Virgin Galactic made its third flight to space in May, with two pilots in the cockpit of the winged spaceship. 

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is concentrating on July 20 for his rocket company’s first launch with folks. The Blue Origin flight from West Texas will embrace Bezos, his brother, a charity public sale winner who’s shelling out $28 million and a fourth unidentified individual.

Unlike Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are wanting to ship space vacationers on transient up-and-down hops – not into orbit all over the world.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos is targeting July 20 for his rocket company's first launch with people

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos is concentrating on July 20 for his rocket company’s first launch with folks

Participants enjoy the Blue Origin Space Simulator in June 2019. An unnamed bidder paid $28 million at auction on June 12, 2021, for a seat on board the first crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin on July 20

Participants benefit from the Blue Origin Space Simulator in June 2019. An unnamed bidder paid $28 million at public sale on June 12, 2021, for a seat on board the primary crewed spaceflight of Jeff Bezos’ company Blue Origin on July 20

Bezos plans to blast into space from West Texas on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing

Bezos plans to blast into space from West Texas on July 20, the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon touchdown

THE BILLIONAIRE SPACE RACE: HOW BRANSON, MUSK AND BEZOS ARE VYING FOR GALACTIC SUPREMACY

Jeff Bezos in front of Blue Origin's space capsule

Jeff Bezos in entrance of Blue Origin’s space capsule

Dubbed the ‘NewSpace’ set, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk all say they had been impressed by the primary moon touchdown in 1969, when the US beat the Soviet Union in the space race, and there’s no doubt how a lot it might imply to every of them to win the ‘new space race’.

Amazon founder Bezos seems to be set to be the primary of the three to fly to space, having introduced plans to launch aboard his space company Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft on July 20. 

The billionaire mogul will journey along with his youthful brother Mark, a former promoting government and volunteer firefighter, and the winner of Saturday’s multi-million pound public sale.

However, a report has recommended Branson may beat him to it, by making a suborbital flight two weeks earlier than Bezos and his brother. The suggestion is the Virgin Galactic founder would journey on his VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo rocket aircraft on the July 4 weekend.

Although SpaceX and Tesla founder Musk has stated he needs to go into space, and even ‘die on Mars’, he has not stated when he may blast into orbit. 

SpaceX seems to be main the way in which in the broader billionaire space race with quite a few launches carrying NASA tools to the ISS and partnerships to ship vacationers to space by 2021.  

On February 6 2018, SpaceX despatched rocket in the direction of the orbit of Mars, 140 million miles away, with Musk’s personal crimson Tesla roadster connected. 

Elon Musk with his Dragon Crew capsule

Elon Musk along with his Dragon Crew capsule

NASA has already chosen two astronauts who shall be on-board the primary manned Dragon mission. 

SpaceX has additionally began sending batches of 60 satellites into space to assist kind its Starlink community. 

Musk hopes this can present an interconnected internet of satellites round Earth which can beam down free web to folks worldwide.  

Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a unique method to conquering space. It has repeatedly, and efficiently, carried out take a look at flights of the Virgin Galactic’s Unity space aircraft. 

The first passed off in December 2018 and the most recent on May 22, with the flight accelerating to greater than 2,000 miles per hour (Mach 2.7). 

More than 600 prosperous clients to date, together with celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, have reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) seat on certainly one of Virgin’s space journeys. 

Branson has beforehand stated he expects Elon Musk to win the race to Mars along with his personal rocket agency SpaceX. 

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

Richard Branson with the Virgin Galactic craft

SpaceShipTwo can carry six passengers and two pilots. Each passenger will get the identical seating position with two massive home windows – one to the aspect and one overhead.

The space ship is 60ft lengthy with a 90inch diameter cabin permitting most room for the astronauts to float in zero gravity.

It climbs to 50,000ft earlier than the rocket engine ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates from its provider craft, White Knight II, as soon as it has handed the 50-mile mark.

Passengers grow to be ‘astronauts’ after they attain the Karman line, the boundary of Earth’s ambiance.

The spaceship will then make a suborbital journey with roughly six minutes of weightlessness, with your entire flight lasting roughly 1.5 hours.

Bezos revealed in April 2017 that he funds Blue Origin with round $1 billion (£720 million) of Amazon stock every year.

The system consists of a pressurised crew capsule atop a reusable ‘New Shepard’ booster rocket.   

Bezos is without doubt one of the richest males in the world and Blue Origin has efficiently flown the New Shepard rocket 15 instances.

At its peak, the capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometres), simply above the official threshold for space and landed vertically seven minutes after liftoff.  

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