Elon Musk will fly into space with Virgin Galactic
Richard Branson seems to have finally found the last participant of his space travel with Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk. Just in these days, in fact, the British entrepreneur has confirmed that the founder and CEO of SpaceX has concluded a reservation for his next space flight. “Elon is a friend, and maybe one day I’ll travel on one of his ships,” Branson said in an interview with The Sunday Times.
Elon Musk booked a space ticket with Virgin Galactic
According to Brenson himself, Elon Musk has booked a ticket for the flight into space with Virgin Galactic. The date of departure, however, has not yet been disclosed. What we do know is a place on the spacecraft that will take travelers in total weightlessness for about 4 minutes costs a whopping 250,000 $while the reservation just $ 10,000. A modest price for the CEO of SpaceX, let’s face it. While it sounds strange enough to us that news of his participation in the flight came soon after Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin released some criticism of Virgin Galactic.
From the beginning, New Shepard was designed to fly above the Kármán line so none of our astronauts have an asterisk next to their name. For 96% of the world’s population, space begins 100 km up at the internationally recognized Kármán line. pic.twitter.com/QRoufBIrUJ
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) July 9, 2021
As it turns out, Blue Origin’s official account shared a tweet listing some of the technical problems with Branson’s spacecraft, such as windows that were too small or the lack of an escape route. The pairing Elon Musk – Virgin Galactic, therefore, it could be used by the British entrepreneur to regain confidence in his project. Especially considering that between the CEO of SpaceX and the former CEO of Amazon there is no great sympathy – indeed, far from it -.
In the new race to space, therefore, we now see Bezos and Musk lined up, like what happened decades ago between the USA and the Soviet Union. It may sound strange, and yet it is. Now it is the billionaires who are competing for this record. And in that sense Branson seems to have outdone Bezos by nine days in being the first to be able to fly his own spacecraft into space.