This Sunday July 11 Richard Branson will become the first tycoon to reach space. He will do it aboard a ship of his company Virgin Galactic and thus anticipates the owner and founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, whose trip is scheduled for the next day 20.
If successful, Branson will be the first billionaire to be part of a space mission: “I’ve always been a dreamer. My mother taught me never to give up and to reach for the stars. On July 11, it’s time to make that dream come true aboard Virgin Galactic’s upcoming spaceflight. “ the British pointed out.
Two pilots and four crew members
It is called ‘Unity 22’, because It is the 22nd test trip of the VSS Unity aircraft. Two pilots and four crew members will be part of it, one of them the aforementioned Branson. The other three members are the astronaut Beth Moses, engineer Colin Bennett, and a company vice president, Sirisha Bandla.
The experience will allow you to float for about four to five minutes, at an altitude of 90 to 100 kilometers, and enjoy spectacular views. On board the cabin there are 12 cameras that will record and broadcast it live. The takeoff was scheduled at 3:00 p.m. Spanish time, but it finally did so at 4:30 p.m.as it has been delayed by nightly storms that prevented Virgin Galactic from deploying its rocket plane on time.
Although Branson will be the pioneer, Bezos has not been slow to discredit this mission. In his opinion, it should not be considered spatial as he will not reach high enough (100 kilometers), something that he will do on his trip on the Blue Origin. Another one of the space-obsessed billionaires is Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla or SpaceX. In his case, he has shown the desire to found a city on Mars in 2050 in which a million inhabitants can reside.
The first Spanish with a ticket
The The first Spanish woman to have a ticket to travel to space is Anna Bru. He has been waiting for and preparing for this moment for thirteen years, which will come true shortly. if the flight scheduled for this Sunday goes well.
The price of a trip on board the aircraft costs $ 250,000 (about 211,000 euros). And Bru’s agency (Bru & Bru) has been the only one authorized in Spain to make Virgin Galactic pre-reservations: “Richard Branson has been training for a long time and is super fit, he has taken advantage of the confinement on his private islands, because we knew he was going to fly soon “, details in The world.
In total, all over the world there are about 600 people on Virgin Galactic’s list of future space astronauts, of which 13 are from our country. Among them are Bru and her husband, Ramón Segarra. When the tourist flights begin, first 100 people will fly who will be designated by Branson himself and later, the passengers who, like the Spanish one, already have a reservation. His seat is number 42, but he hopes to get out sooner.