August 5, 2021

Billionaire war: Richard Branson caps Jeff Bezos in the race for the stars

The billionaire war has found its winner. Against all odds, it’s Richard Branson who will cap Jeff Bezos in their mad race for the stars.

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to beat compatriot and rival Jeff Bezos in the race for space tourism. Virgin Galactic, the entrepreneur’s company, made a surprise announcement in a press release this Thursday, July 1, on this subject. Accompanied by a few people, Richard Branson intends to take a seat aboard the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft propelled by a Virgin rocket, on July 11, i.e. nine days before the official launch planned by MacKenzie Scott’s ex, next July 20. If Richard Branson has often said in interviews that he was not interested in the “race” in space, this news contradicts his words.

“The window for the next SpaceShipTwo Unity test flight opens on July 11, subject to weather conditions and technical checks”, can we read in the press release from Virgin Galactic. As a space tourist, the billionaire is going “evaluate the private astronaut experience and undergo the same training, preparation and flight as future Virgin Galactic astronauts. The company will use its observations of its training as well as its flight experience to improve the journey for future astronaut customers “, the company said. While Virgin Galactic had planned to fly customers into space several years ago, its development program has been delayed by a series of incidents. This time, Richard Branson tried a poker game against Amazon founder.

© Virgin Galactic via BestimageRichard Branson will fly to space on July 11, 2020.
Jeff Bezos is scheduled to take to space on July 20, 2020.
© Backgrid USA / BestimageJeff Bezos is scheduled to take to space on July 20, 2020.

Star Wars

Since the early 2000s, Richard Branson and soon-to-be-trillionaire Jeff Bezos have been competing to develop, test and finally launch suborbital rockets that can take rich thrill seekers above Earth. The company Virgin Galactic had already started marketing its flights in space in 2019 for the sum of 225,000 euros. Whether it’s Richard Branson or Jeff Bezos, one of these two men will soon make space travel history.

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