After 17 years of projects, advanced research and hard work crowned with space flight aboard the spacecraft Spaceflight Unity 22 made by his Virgin Galactic, the 71-year-old Richard Branson from a shrewd entrepreneur he immediately goes to monetization of your investment. The space society in fact presented to the Sec la request to sell up to $ 500 million in common stock.
A decision made right after giving tangible evidence to the market of the way to the era of space tourism (for now a prerogative for a privileged few) and that has caused a collapse Wall Street the title of Virgin Galactic. After being stopped for excess volatility, shares left over 10% on the ground in the late afternoon European time. In the premarket, on the other hand, the stock was up sharply, thanks to the success of yesterday’s flight.
“It is wonderful, the experience of a lifetimeBranson had commented while his Spaceflight Unity 22 it floated in space, first launching the challenge of space tourism, burning Jeff Bezos on time. The Amazon founder will make his journey into space in the next few days, on July 20, aboard the New Shepard built by his Blue Origin.
With the British billionaire on board the Unity 22 a crew of two pilots flew, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and by three experts of the Virgin Galactic who worked on the project. The launch, from Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert, took place a couple of hours later than the scheduled time due to weather conditions that slowed down operations.