Founder of ‘Virgin Galactic’ Richard Branson sets off to space on July 11
17:06, 02 July 2021
Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, will make a spaceflight with five other people on board on July 11, Branson’s company announced on Thursday. It will be the fourth trip to space for Virgin Galactic.
VSS Unity will take off from New Mexico, carrying a full crew of company members, including Richard Branson. The spaceship can reach an altitude of 90km, giving the crew several minutes to stay in weightlessness and the opportunity to observe the earth from a considerable distance.
Branson is intended to conduct a commercial spaceflight service.
Around 600 persons have already reserved seats by paying deposits when the ticket for a single individual costs approximately $250000.
Richard Branson announced his flight in response to Jeff Bezos, who desired to make a space flight and announced the date of takeoff - 20 July.
Earlier in June, Richard Branson received a license, which allowed him to put on board playing customers for commercial purposes. The approval was given by the US Federal Aviation Administration after the Virgin Galactic’s success of May testing flights.