Founder Richard Branson says Virgin Galactic's first spaceflight will be in about four months. Its president says it will be before year's end. [Read More]
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In Brief Richard Branson believes that Virgin Galactic will send its first astronauts into space within the next four months.
Launch ImminentRichard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group, which includes spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Wednesday to state that he expects the company to send its first astronauts into space “in about four months.” This comes after a more optimistic statement by Virgin Galactic President Mike Moses at the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight last week.
He said that he hopes for Virgin Galactic “to be in space by the end of this year.”Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft, the VSS Unity, must first successfully navigate a series of test flights before the craft can make its way into outer space.
But Branson believes his and Jeff Bezos’s efforts with Blue Origin are more likely to do that then Elon Musk with SpaceX.
“Elon is absolutely fixated on going to Mars and I think it’s his life mission,” Branson said.
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