Richard Branson issues stark warning to rival Elon Musk

10 October, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Richard Branson issues stark warning to rival Elon Musk

But on Tuesday, Virgin Galactic owner and entrepreneur Richard Branson told CNBC that he expected the company to send test pilots to space "within weeks, not months", and that he was ready to follow as the first private space traveler aboard a private spaceship soon after.

'We should be in space within weeks, not months. "Then we will be in space with myself in months and not years".

When asked whether he had any concerns about consumer demand regarding fare-paying space flights, Branson said: "If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it".

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.

Branson will travel to space.

Branson has previously said he thinks Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin would both "have a person in space roundabout the same time".

Branson's Virgin Galactic is racing against Amazon creator Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to launch the first out-of-this-world passenger flight and take paying passengers into space.

Branson has had astronaut, fitness and centrifuge training to prepare himself for his trip into space.

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its first test flight in October 2010 to prove the glide-and-land design.

"I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is huge".

He founded the commercial spaceflight company in 2004.

Yet Branson says he hopes to get ticket prices down to below $50,000 in a decade's time.

Space tourism has turned into a hot commodity in recent years. The upper atmosphere is generally regarded to give way to space at an altitude of 62 miles (100km), almost twice the altitude achieved in the July test flight.

The reusable New Shepard rocket and spacecraft is meant to carry up to six space tourists, researchers and/or experiments on brief suborbital flights, the company has said.

When asked about consumer demand for space travel, he told CNBC: "I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is enormous".

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