When will Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew blast out into space?
When will Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson and his crew launch into space?
Virgin Galactic creator Richard Branson is ready to become the world’s first billionaire to travel to space. Today, what time does Virgin Galactic take off?
Virgin Galactic will launch its first fully crewed mission to the edge of space later today (July 11). If all goes according to plan, Sir Richard Branson, 70, will beat former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to the finish line; the latter is set to fly into space with Blue Origin just nine days later.
The official name of Virgin Galactic’s upcoming mission, Unity 22, is the company’s fourth trip into orbit.
This time, though, a full crew of two pilots and four flight specialists will be on board for the first time.
Onboard the SpaceShipTwo Unity spacecraft, the crew will depart from Spaceport America, Virgin Galactic’s headquarters in New Mexico.
When Sir Richard confirmed his participation in the mission last week, he stated his space tourism company is on the verge of a spaceflight revolution.
Virgin Galactic, like its rival Blue Origin, wants to make space travel more accessible to the general people.
Sir Richard added, “I honestly believe that spaceflight belongs to all of us.”
“After more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic is at the vanguard of a new commercial space sector that aims to expand humankind and change the planet for the better.”
For the time being, however, most people’s dreams of becoming astronauts – even if just for a brief time – remain unattainable.
Customers who have already bought tickets have reportedly paid up to £181,000 ($250,000) for the chance to feel weightless for a few minutes.
The good news is that you can at least watch the Virgin Galactic launch live on the internet this weekend.
It’s only three days before #Unity22! Come inside the hangar for pre-flight preparations as our spaceship VSS Unity joins forces with our mothership VMS Eve. The launch will be streamed live on Sunday at 6 a.m. PT | 9 a.m. ET | 2 p.m. BST. pic.twitter.com/xakebHTN5T https://t.co/WEBNyUYpRQ pic.twitter.com/WEBNyUYpRQ
The mission will now take off in the afternoon on Sunday, July 11th (UK time).
The corporation tweeted early Sunday, “Wake up and watch the launch of the future space age!” Our #Unity22 mission specialists, led by @RichardBranson, are just hours away from launching our test flight.”
The launch went off without a hitch. “Brinkwire News in a Nutshell.”