The space race is heating up with bilionaires jockeying to be the first to propel humans into space. Richard Branson is poised to be first. | Source: Shutterstock; Edited by CCN
By CCN Markets: Who would have thought that the newfangled space race would be funded by nerdy billionaires, one of whom has been knighted? That’s exactly what’s happening and now the countdown has begun to see which will be the first to actually send humans into space on one of their creations. In the running is Elon Musk, who shot a Tesla into space last year. There’s also Jeff Bezos, who wants to put people on the moon. And then there’s Sir Richard Branson. Not only does the founder of the Virgin Group have ideas that put him at the forefront of the space race, but he also seems to be the closest of the three to actually turning his dreams into reality. He put the world on notice with a tweet Friday.
So excited to announce that @virgingalactic‘s spaceport is now operationally ready to host our remaining test flight program and welcome our very first Future Astronauts https://t.co/jfzCvaTOEu pic.twitter.com/qojMoM4t6K
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) August 16, 2019
Is Sir Richard Branson really closer or just bragging again?
We’ve heard similar bragging from Richard Branson before about his Virgin Galactic. In July, he said the first launch will be from the company’s spaceport in New Mexico. Six people can be accommodated, and already 600 people have paid $250,000 each for the ride.
Richard Branson has been stingy with details, such as the exact date of the first launch,