British billionaire Richard Branson is preparing to travel to space, soon, to precede the founder of “Amazon”, billionaire Jeff Bezos, who will make a similar trip on July 20.
Branson will travel aboard the VSS Unity rocket plane, which will be launched from the mother spacecraft, VMS Eve, from the American Space Station in New Mexico.
Branson denied that he and Bezos are in a “space battle” and a race to reach space, according to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”.
“I wish him well on his journey and look forward to speaking with him about his experience when he returns to Earth,” Branson added.
The winged plane VSS Unity will launch at an altitude of 5,000 feet, and then fly at a speed of up to 4,300 kilometers per hour, reaching a height of 110,000 meters above the ground. Virgin Galactic got the green light to fly paid customers into space after its license was updated by the US Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month.
Branson stressed the necessity of making this trip, explaining that this is a crucial factor “to provide a unique experience for the company’s customers,” adding: “I have to do the expected customer experience to make sure they enjoy what they pay for.”
“When we come back, I will announce something very exciting to give more people the chance to become astronauts,” he said.