Billionaire Richard Branson, 70, has announced the date of the planned “Unit 22” space mission. In addition to two pilots, four passengers, including the super-rich Branson himself, will fly in the space capsule. If the start date remains on July 11, Branson will have nine days before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (57) with this trip.
Blue Origin, Bezos’ aerospace company, announced in May a manned flight of its New Shepard rocket on July 20. Bezos, the world’s richest person, wants to take his brother and an 82-year-old former American pilot on their first space flight.
Branson’s space plane made a test flightرحلة
In May, Richard Branson’s VSS Unity space plane had already completed a manned space test flight with two pilots.
The capsule was launched aboard a carrier aircraft from the commercial spaceport of Spaceport America in the US state of New Mexico.
Branson said Thursday after his July 11 flight, Branson wanted to make an “extremely exciting” ad. More people should have the chance to become astronauts.
Piezo unmanned spaceship flew
Bezos, who also wants to expand space tourism, founded Blue Origin about 20 years ago. The last time the company tested its rocket with an astronaut capsule was in mid-April. It reached an altitude of about 105 kilometers before returning to Earth. However, the actual test flight remained unmanned – the New Shepard never flew with people on board.
In the space tourism race, Tesla subsidiary SpaceX Elon Musk (50) also participates. The company plans to launch its first flight with space tourists by the end of the year. So far, astronauts have already traveled to the ISS with SpaceX. (SDA)
Published: July 2, 2021, 4:30 a.m.
Last update: 02/07/2021, 11:06 AM