August 5, 2021

in space with Virgin Galactic! Explanations on the mission

RICHARD BRANSON’S SHORT BIOGRAPHY. The race is on for the conquest of commercial flights. Billionaire Richard Branson is expected to be just ahead of Jeff Bezos. The Briton announced that he planned to take off on July 11 aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel.

British billionaire Richard Branson may well go to space before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Scheduled for July 11, 2021, subject to weather conditions and technical verifications, announced Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson is expected to embark on a test flight in space aboard his company’s SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. The founder of Virgin, two pilots and four members of the company will be on board this carrier aircraft. This machine will take off from a runway and drop a vessel attached to it, as soon as it is at altitude. Once the engines are on, it will be able to reach space and hover back down. This mission aims to test the experience of future space tourists: cabin environment, seat comfort, weightlessness experience, etc. The flight will be broadcast live by Virgin Galactic, starting at 3 p.m. PST.

Richard Branson to Board Virgin Company's SpaceShipTwo
Richard Branson to Board Virgin Company’s SpaceShipTwo © Virgin Galactic/Cover Images/SIP

First manned suborbital test flight

On Saturday May 22, 2021, Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity spacecraft successfully completed its first suborbital manned test flight. The shuttle took off from its new base in the desert near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Arrived in space at more than 3,700 km / h, the spacecraft reached a height of 90 kilometers above the Earth. “After sixteen years of research, engineering and testing, Virgin Galactic stands at the forefront of a new commercial space industry, which must open space to humanity,” said the billionaire in a communicated. After this trip, two tests are planned before the start of regular commercial flights in 2022, explained Virgin Galactic.

Find out more – Who is Richard Branson?

Short biography of Richard Branson – Richard Branson is a British businessman born July 18, 1950, founder of the Virgin group. From an early age, eager to undertake, he founded his first business at the age of 16, the magazine Students. Richard Branson embarked on the project of his life and created the Virgin brand. In 2004, he founded Virgin Galactic designed for space tourism. In 2007, he was named to the list of the 100 most influential people in the world of Time 100.

Richard Branson was born July 18, 1950 in Greater London. Her father, Edward James Branson was a lawyer and her mother, Eve Branson, a former dancer and flight attendant. From his childhood, Richard Branson distinguished himself by his will to undertake: an average student in studies, he was interested in his adolescence in the world of letters and publication. Suffering from dyslexia, Richard Branson attempts to grow and sell Christmas trees and parakeets. In 1966, at the age of 16, he launched into the development of a magazine for students, Students, in London.

In 1972, Richard Branson got involved in mail order record sales and created the Virgin brand, whose first store was opened in London. Using the money earned by his record store, he developed the Virgin Records label in 1973. He signed a first contract with singer Mike Oldfield under the Virgin label, and became his manager. Richard Branson began producing artists such as Phil Collins and the Sex Pistols. The company developed very rapidly in the 1980s and considerably diversified its activities, launching in particular in air transport. In 1984, Virgin Atlantic was born. In 1997, Richard Branson entered the railway sector in the United Kingdom by creating the Virgin Rail Group.

Established in 2004, Virgin Galactic aims to sell suborbital flights to the public. The SpaceshipOne spacecraft, funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and designed by Burt Rutan, an aeronautical engineer, sends five passengers a year into space with tickets priced at $ 200,000. The spacecraft is intended to make a suborbital voyage with a short period of weightlessness. Passengers can then take advantage of these few minutes to float in the cabin.

Invested in the associative world and issues relating to sustainable development, in July 2007 the businessman was behind the meeting of a group of influential leaders from around the world in Johannesburg, with the aim of opening the dialogue on the most important challenges of the planet. Muhammad Yunus, Kofi Annan and even Jimmy Carter are present. Great sports fan, Richard Branson crosses the Channel in kitesurf in 2012, when he is 61 years old.

In 2021, Forbes magazine ranked Richard Branson 589th in the world’s largest wealth with nearly 5.6 billion dollars. The British billionaire owes his fortune to his Virgin empire. Today Richard Branson lives on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, which he bought for $ 180,000 in the late 1970s.

On the private side, the billionaire married Kristen Tomassi in 1972, but the couple divorced a few years later. Richard Branson met his second wife, Joan Templeman, in 1976. Family life began with tragedy. In 1979, the couple lost their first daughter, Clare Sarah. Richard and Joan decided to get married in 1989 and have two children, Holly, born in 1981 and Sam in 1985. Holly graduated in medicine and physiology from University College London and is today the president of Virgin Unite . Their son, Sam, started his own company, Sundog Pictures.