Richard Branson can defeat billionaire Jeff Bezos in space.
Branson founded Virgin Group companies, including Virgin Galactic, and will fly into space on the next “Unity 22” flight on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity rocket-powered suborbital space plane. The company announced today (July 1) that mission
could take off on July 11, depending on weather and other factors. With this launch window, the flight may take place before Blue Origin plans to launch its new suborbital Shepard vehicle on July 20. That new Shepard flight will carry Bezos, and Bezos also runs Blue Origin in addition to Amazon.
“I have always been a dreamer. My mother taught me never to give up and to look for the stars. On July 11, it’s time to make this dream come true on @VirginGalatic’s next spaceflight, “Branson tweeted after today’s announcement.
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Six Passengers, one of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo The vehicles, two VSS Unity pilots, will conduct a short suborbital space mission. This will be the twenty-second time for VSS Unity (mission name is derived from) The test flight is also the fourth space flight Company crew. The company announced in the same statement that this is the first to carry a crew of two pilots and four mission experts (including Branson).
“I will evaluate the founder of Virgin Galactic. Branson said in the crew announcement video released by the company today, I feel very proud to have these outstanding mission experts and pilots with me when we fly into space. In July of this year, our dream will come true, and we are very happy to share that moment with you. When we come back, I will announce some very exciting things, some very exciting things, so that more people have the opportunity to become astronauts, because space belongs to all of us.
“In addition to Branson, the crew will be composed of mission experts. Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor, will serve as the cabin leader and test director for the mission; Virgin Galactic’s chief operating engineer Colin Bennett will be in Evaluate equipment, procedures and experience during the mission; as well as the company’s vice president Sirisha Bandla, president of government affairs and research operations, he will evaluate the mission’s airborne research experience through experiments at the University of Florida. The experiments that Bandla will test on board will use multiple fixed tubes The portable
VSS Unity will be driven by Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci.
C.J. Sturckow and Kelly Latimer will fly the VMS Eve, a transport aircraft that will transport the space plane to an altitude of 50,000 feet (15,000 meters). At that moment of flight, VSS Unity fell and its rocket engine ignited, pushing the spacecraft into space.
“I really believe that space belongs to all of us. After more than 16 years of research, engineering and testing, Virgin Galactic is at the forefront of the new commercial space industry, ready to open space to mankind and change the world forever,” Branson said at the same The flight was mentioned in a statement.
“Having a dream that makes it easier for everyone to enter the space is one thing; for an incredible team, working together to make this dream a reality is another thing. As a member of an excellent team of mission experts, I am honored to help validate the journey our future astronauts will take and ensure that we provide the unique customer experience that people expect from Virgin Atlantic. ”