Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Ciencia | Por Aurelio Ontiveros

Virgin to be in space 'within weeks'

Virgin to be in space 'within weeks'

However, Sir Richard has not been deterred by Elon Musk's firm, and instead are using SpaceX as a pace setter in the private race to space.

The British billionaire said Musk's late-night tweets - which have landed him in hot water a number of times this year - are a key "flaw" he must overcome.

Virgin Galactic is a few steps behind its main competitor SpaceX, which last month announced it will be sending its first private citizen around the moon in 2023 - Japanese online fashion businessman Yusaku Maezawa.

Musk's most recent SpaceX launch went off without a hitch with a Falcon 9 rocket bringing an Argentine environmental satellite into orbit, then returning its first stage to the launchpad.

What say you, Elon? He's got to find time for his health and for his family. He's a wonderfully creative person but he shouldn't be getting very little sleep.

"Don't feel you have to put out tweets about public shareholders, leave the public game to people who enjoy that. He obviously doesn't enjoy it, so [he should] clear the decks and concentrate on the creative side", Branson said.

Musk tweeted in August that he had "funding secured" to take electronic vehicle maker Tesla off the stock market and into private ownership at a value of $420 per share.

He also insisted there was huge demand for commercial space flights.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' spaceflight company Blue Origin is expected to launch a mission into space by 2019.

In an interview with CNBC, Branson said his company was "more than tantalisingly close" to its first landmark flight beyond Earth's atmosphere, stating: "we should be in space within weeks, not months". And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years.

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"We will be in space with people not too long after that", he added.

Eccentric entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson confirmed that his Virgin Galactic will soon be completing its first space rest flights.

Richard Branson told Elon Musk that he needs to delegate more to improve his quality of life outside of Tesla.

The first space tourists, who visited the International Space Station (ISS) in the 2000s, paid tens of millions of dollars for the privilege.

"If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it", Sir Richard told CNBC. In 2014, an early version of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft pulled apart and crashed during a test flight over the Mojave Desert, killing a co-pilot, Michael Alsbury. That would happen, he said, once the rocket safely reaches suborbit in repeated flight demonstrations.

"He's got to find time for himself".

Sir Richard conceded earlier this year that the number of spurious claims he has made about Virgin Galactic flight dates was "embarrassing".

Virgin Galactic says its spacecraft will take passengers 68 miles above the Earth's surface for a price of $250,000.

To reach space, the pilots must take the Unity higher still.

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