Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Richard Branson Is Just 'Weeks' Away From Sending Virgin Galactic Into Space

Richard Branson said Monday his Virgin Galactic will begin space test flights in a matter of weeks. File Richard Branson said Monday his Virgin Galactic will begin space test flights in a matter of weeks. File
Doris Mccormick | 11 October, 2018, 19:15

According to Sir Richard Branson, founder of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, their latest spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, will be in space in a matter of weeks.

In a new interview with news website CNBC, Sir Richard said: "We should be in space within weeks, not months".

"Soon after that we will send into space people, so we will have a very interesting few months ahead".

Branson, the founder and CEO of Virgin Galactic, has been investing in this venture since 2004, but if the comments he made yesterday at the Barclays Asia Forum in Singapore are to be believed, the company is finally on the cusp of entering space.

Virgin Galactic aims to launch the first commercial passenger flight into space and is in fierce competition with the American space company Blue Origin.

Tourists will spend several minutes floating in zero gravity, aboard a spaceship that approaches or passes through the Karman line, the boundary of Earth's atmosphere and space, some 62 miles (100 kilometers) high. Branson is a director, but also acts as an ambassador for the firm and continues to have a big say on its future.

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The billionaire had initially planned for a maiden flight by Virgin Galactic to happen by the end of 2009, but the date has been delayed on a number of occasions.

"So I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is big".

He said the length of Virgin Galactic's initial flights will be kept relatively short in order to keep prices at a "reasonable level". "It is up to us to produce as many spaceships as we can to cater with that demand". From early next year, passengers will be able to identify as having feelings of travel-related anxiety before they fly, leading to personalised communications in the lead up to their journey, and face to dace interactions while onboard the aircraft.

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. "He shouldn't be getting very little sleep", Branson told CNBC when asked what advice he would give his fellow billionaire.

Meanwhile, another insurgent private space company, Blue Origin, founded by entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, just won the contract to provide its BE-4 engines to the behemoth United Launch Alliance.

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