Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight 'within weeks'

13 October, 2018, 12:30 | Author: Amos Gonzales
  • Virgin Galactic will be in space in “weeks not months,” says Branson

Branson, of course, is not alone in his mission: The British entrepreneur is in a closely-fought race with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who will reportedly charge $200,000 to $300,000 for a seat on one of its Blue Origin rockets. In the meantime, test flights are being launched in California's Mojave Desert.

But Virgin boss Richard Branson has come out with some bullish words on Galactic's progress.

He said Virgin would be taking people into space "not too long after" that.

Branson said earlier this year that Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin were neck and neck in their respective quests to launch commercial space tourism services. The 42-second burn blasted it to 171,000 feet, almost five times the cruising altitude of a transatlantic passenger plane.

We want to encourage more passengers to use their time flying with Virgin Australia to exercise their mind through meditations in the Inflight Entertainment System, and what better way to make this known than by holding the world's first dedicated meditation flight.

"If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it", Branson said to CNBC.

We'll believe it once we see it; we've heard these sorts of predictions - and gone through a seemingly never-ending stream of failed timelines - many times before.

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To reach the Karman line, a spaceship has to cruise at an altitude of 100 kilometers above sea level.

Branson's quest for space travel started in 2004, when he won the rights to spacecraft technology of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, who funded a venture that flew a vehicle past the edge of space three times. Neither company, however, has provided any details of ticket prices.

Currently, some 700 people are on Virgin Galactic's waiting list - to the tune of $250,000 a ticket - for the company's first commercial flights.

All Virgin Australia guests will also have access to the Smiling Mind app guided meditations via the Inflight Entertainment System, enabling the reduction of stress and anxiety during the flight.

Plans call for six passengers and two pilots to ride the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, which resembles a private jet.

He shouldn't be getting very little sleep, ' Branson said.


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