Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur and owner of the Virgin franchise has just updated science fans with some intergalactic news..
For those of you who don’t know, Virgin Galactic is the official spaceflight company by Richard Branson. For a few years Branson has been teasing us with the idea of flying to space on a consumer level. We are now fortunate enough to report that Virgin Galactic is expected to be taking people to space in 2018.
Two years ago the VSS Enterprise crashed unexpectedly in the Mojave desert whilst a test flight was taking place. The Virgin Galactic crash caused serious delays in the progress space programme. Whilst being interviewed by Bloomberg Richard Branson is resuming rocket testing every three weeks.
November/December 2018 is when we can expect the first Virgin Galactic rocket to get into space. The idea of space tourism is not an easy pitch but Branson is still hopeful. Since the programme started a few years ago the company has not had an easy ride. The British Billionaire planned get send 500 people into space back in 2014. However all plans for 2014 were scrapped when a Virgin Galactic crash claimed the life of a co-pilot.
In 2017 other billionaires such as Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have launched their private space exploration programmes. SpaceX (by Elon Musk) and Blue Origin (by Jeff Bezos) are all in the race to achieve viable space tourism. Richard Branson will be taking the first space-flight on Virgin Galactic in summer 2018 before consumers have the chance to.
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