As Virgin Galactic Branson prepares for its first full crew and passenger flight to the edge of space on Sunday, the Sunday Times reported that Musk, the head of rival SpaceX, had bought himself a seat on a future Virgin flight. .
musk He deposited $10,000 (about 3 million HUF) to reserve a seat, but the flight departure date was not set.
In an interview with the Sunday Times, Branson confirmed the reality of the purchase, adding that he might reciprocate Musk’s gesture and buy a ticket for a future SpaceX flight.
Elon is my friend, and maybe one day I’ll travel on one of his spaceships
During his space race for the billionaire, he launched dozens of SpaceX rockets and humans traveled, but Musk himself didn’t have a spacecraft yet. SpaceX’s first all-private spacecraft will be launched in the fall.
Richard Branson will be the first to take part in a mission as an astronaut owner, before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who plans to fly on his own rocket in nine days, built by a company called Blue Origin.
Virgin Galactic space tourists will be able to board it for about $250,000 and savor the weightlessness of four minutes into their flight.
Branson will leave Mexico’s outer border from New Mexico on Sunday at 8.30 a.m. local time (16:30 p.m. gal), with the start broadcast live on the Virgin Galactic portal.
Cover photo: Elon Musk, CEO of US electric car maker Tesla Motors and private space company SpaceX, will participate in a video conference at the Mobile Mobile Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on June 29, 2021. Source: MTI/EPA/EFE/Alejandro Garcia