Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced earlier this week that he will fly into space on July 20 in his aerospace company Blue Origin’s New Shephard aircraft, accompanied by his brother Mark Bezos. This should make veteran Bezos the first “space billionaire” to truly enter space. But now it seems that another “space billionaire” is paying attention to the “first” in this modern space race. A report citing sources stated that Virgin Galactic plans to send Virgin Group founder Richard Branson aboard its space company Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo in the first week of July (the weekend of July 4) The rocket plane makes a suborbital flight. . How to celebrate?
However, according to Parabolic Arc reports, Virgin Group stated that the flight still needs to obtain operating permits from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorities. If all goes according to plan, Branson’s flight will depart at least two weeks before Bezos takes off.
According to reports, a company spokesperson said in a statement on Tuesday that the company is still analyzing data on the successful flight on May 22, adding that they expect to complete the final test flight this summer to early fall.
“At the moment, we have not yet determined the date of the next flight. One of the goals of the last flight is to collect data for the last two verification reports, which are part of the current FAA commercial reusable spacecraft operator license,” the statement said. People said in the report.
According to reports, Virgin Galactic reportedly has announced Branson’s flight plan as a response to Blue Origin’s planned flight on July 20, but they were even before Bezos announced the news on June 7. It’s already planning.
As for Bezos and Blue Origin, the aerospace company he founded in 2000, the launch calendar has been marked. The New Shephard vehicle planned to carry the Bezos brothers — and the winner of the online auction of spare seats — has flown at least 15 times in the past, but no one has taken it.
Bezos also shared a post on Instagram, telling his followers why he decided to fly to space. He wrote in the post: “Since I was five years old, I have dreamed of traveling in space. On July 20, I will embark on that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, and my best Friends together.”
The third person to accompany Jeff and Mark Bezos will have to go through a bidding war. A blog post on the Blue Origin website stated that the bidding for space seats will end with an on-site online auction on June 12. Those interested in participating in the live auction must register before June 10. The blog added that so far “nearly 6,000 participants from 143 countries” bid.
The new Shepard will be launched on July 20, reaching the Carmen Line at 100 kilometers of mean sea level, and then descending back to Earth, all within 11 minutes. The Carmen Line is recognized as the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and space.