British billionaire Richard Branson going into space today
British billionaire Richard Branson is set to go into space today. According to Branson’s company, Virgin Galactic, he will go into space on July 11 as a mission specialist in Spaceship to Unity. He will depart for space today at 4:45 Nepali time and it will be a one and a half hour mission.
He has been dreaming of space flight since 2004. India’s Sirisa Bandela is part of the space team as an aeronautical engineer.
His company takes tourists on short flights to sub-orbital space. Branson will experience the astronauts and will train, prepare and fly the same astronauts as the future astronauts of the Virgin Galactic.
The company will use its experience and evaluation to improve the experience of future astronaut customers. Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft is more of an airplane than a classic rocket that can reach very high altitudes and release a small spacecraft called VSS Unity.
The flight is scheduled to cover 90-100 kilometers of space. It will be broadcast live on Facebook and Twitter. The two will still be tested after the flight and the company plans to start commercial flights from 2022.
Alan Musk, another space travel company, also wished Richard the best of luck. Jeff Bezos is also set to go into space on July 20 in his new Sephard of Blue Origin.