Virgin Galactic to launch space flight within weeks
11 October, 2018, 14:52 | Author: Kelly Sanders
"And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years", after which point his piggybacking little spaceships will open their hatches to the paying public; beating rival nouveau billionaires Musk and Bezos to the PR win of being first to offer orbital holidays to the super rich. It performed powered test flights in April and May.
"So we have got a very, very exciting couple of months ahead,"he said".
Speaking to CNBC in Singapore, the billionaire Virgin founder said the company was "more than tantalizingly close" to launching its first mission to space, and that he himself hoped to briefly leave Earth within "months not years".
Sir Richard conceded earlier this year that the number of spurious claims he has made about Virgin Galactic flight dates was "embarrassing".
Virgin Galactic now has about 800 passengers on its roster, all of whom have paid around $250,000 (£190,000) for a return trip to space.
For comparison, astronauts at the orbiting International Space Station fly some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth.
When asked about the plans to expand the fitness arm of the Virgin Group, Mr Branson noted that while there was "considerable opportunity" to grow in China and other parts of Asia, the priority is to continue to grow the company's presence in existing markets first. The ticket price could ultimately fall to $50,000, he said.
Once released, the spaceship will fire up its rocket, and head for the sky.
He also insisted there was huge demand for commercial space flights.
Branson's estimation puts the Virgin Galactic project not far behind its initial deadline.
Last we heard of VSS Unity, it conducted a flight test that took it into the Mesosphere of the planet, 170,800 feet above sea level. The company expects its New Shepard suborbital vehicle to carry the first space tourists into orbit in 2019.
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