Virgin Galactic to reach space in 'weeks not months'
Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has stated that Virgin Galactic is “weeks” away from its first trip into space.
“We must be in space inside weeks, not months. And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years,” the firm’s founder and chief executive told news internet site CNBC.
He stated the firm would be taking men and women into space “not as well long right after” that.
Sir Richard is in a race with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Amazon to send the 1st fee-paying passengers into space.
He founded the commercial spaceflight business in 2004.
The business first promised sub-orbital spaceflight trips for vacationers by the begin in 2009.
But delays and a fatal crash in 2014 prevented Branson’s original ambitions.
Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic completed a supersonic test flight of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship, its initial given that the crash.
The 67-year-old multi-millionaire was initially expected to take element in a space flight before April this year.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s You and Yours programme, Branson mentioned he was getting astronaut, centrifuge and fitness instruction.
‘If I have a space full of 10 folks, eight out of ten would adore to go to space if they could afford it,’ Branson told CNBC.
‘It is up to us to make as numerous spaceships as we can to cater with that demand.”
His announcement comes shortly following rival SpaceX unveiled the initial private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.
The mission is planned for 2023, and would be the 1st lunar journey by humans since 1972.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has mentioned his space travel firm Blue Origin will launch a manned mission into space by 2019. Bezos did not clarify if he meant crew or fare-paying passengers.
Earlier this month, Blue Origin also announced that it is launching a non-profit group with Airbus, the European Space Agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana, and French construction company Vinci Building to discover ways to colonise the moon.
Published at Tue, 09 Oct 2018 09:20:48 +0000