Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson has on Sunday kicked off his journey to the space in his Virgin Galactic rocket.
The passenger plane embarked on its journey to space at early in the morning from Spaceport in New Mexico and was expected to ascend horizontally for 15 kilometers, approximately one hour.
Once complete, it will drop a VSS unit that is the rocket powered spaceplane before ascending further 80 kilometers. This is the distance taken to enter the boundary between earth and space.
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A total of four passengers and two pilots were onboard the plane and they are expected to experience weightlessness once the rocket engine drops and view earth through the window.
Speaking from before the journey, Richard Branson expressed how happy he was to embark on the trip as he arrived at the centre to meet Virgin employees and crewmates.
Present during the journey was SpaceX founder Elon Musk who come to show support to his fellow billionaire. Branson was making his journey ahead of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
“My mission statement is to turn the dream of space travel into a reality – for my grandchildren, for your grandchildren, for everyone.” Said Branson on Twitter.
The 70-year-old billionaire has been interested on everything aviation on commercial level and his childhood dream was to tour space as revealed by himself.
He launched Virgin Galactic back in 2004 but the mission was delayed following the death of a pilot back in 2014 derailing the mission. Between the year 2018 and 2019 they have been able to make three trips to space including one including a crew.
Virgin Galactic will embark on two more flights before opening doors to commercial use early 2022. They expect to conduct a minimum of 400 flights a year.
A total of 600 tickets have already been put up for sale with the ticket prices ranging between 200,000 to 300,000 US Dollars. Several celebrities are reported to have made reservations.
Even though his mission is to make it affordable for everyone, the trip is currently preserved to the rich and able.