Private Company Will Reach Space In Weeks, Not Months

by | Oct 9, 2018 | Headline News | 9 comments

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has said that private company Virgin Galactic is only a few “weeks” away from its first trip into space. Sir Richard is in a race with Elon Musk of Tesla and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to send the first fee-paying passengers into space.

Branson, who is a 67-year-old multi-millionaire was initially expected to take part in a space flight before April this year. Unanticipated delays and a fatal crash in 2014 prevented Sir Richard’s original ambitions. Earlier this year, Virgin Galactic, which was established in 2004 by Branson, completed a supersonic test flight of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship, its first since the crash. “We should be in space within weeks, not months. And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years,” the firm’s founder and chief executive told news website CNBC.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4‘s You and Yours programme, Sir Richard said he was receiving astronaut, centrifuge, and fitness training. He also insisted there was a huge demand for commercial space flights. “If I have a room full of 10 people, eight out of 10 would love to go to space if they could afford it,” Sir Richard told CNBC. “It is up to us to produce as many spaceships as we can to cater with that demand.”

Branson’s mission is planned for 2023.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has said his space travel firm Blue Origin will launch a manned mission into space by 2019. According to BBC, Bezos didn’t clarify if he meant crew or fare-paying passengers. Earlier this month, Blue Origin also announced that it is launching a non-profit group with Airbus, the European Space Agency, Agencia Espacial Mexicana, and French construction company Vinci Construction to explore ways to colonize the moon.

Branson also had a small piece of advice he wanted to share with Space X CEO, Elon Musk. When asked by CNBC‘s Nancy Hungerford what advice he would give to Musk, Branson hesitated before saying that Musk should learn to delegate. “I think he maybe needs to learn the art of delegation,” Branson said, speaking in Singapore Tuesday. “He’s got to find time for himself, he’s got to find time for his health and for his family. He’s a wonderfully creative person but he shouldn’t be getting very little sleep. He should find a fantastic team of people around him.”

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    1. Upstate New Yorker

      I can see a trip to the Moon.

      Not to Mars.

      I just recently read an article where the astronauts would

      not survive a trip to Mars.

      • Menzoberranzan

        It won’t be long until the first space tourist casualties.

    2. Bert

      He’ll release recycled NASA Animation and CNN will present it as fact.

    3. rellik

      Having been a project engineer.
      This is the best lesson anyone can learn
      “I think he maybe needs to learn the art of delegation,”.
      It is the hardest preparation lesson.
      Most all of us think we know everything and are
      indestructible. In reality someone will
      save your a$$ and you won’t like how they do it,
      but you may survive the episode.

    4. JRS

      Why’s it takin’ so long to get people into space?

      Doesn’t NASA have all this technology and plans on how they went to the moon and specs on rockets and fuel and protective gear and details of space shuttles and…and…

      Isn’t it “in the archives”?

      Wait a minute…did they “lose” it?

    5. Hybrid Rockets

      He may want to be humble…

      Exploding rockets on launch pads have brought many to tears.

      I pray the best of Luck, Science & Blessing for them all.

    6. B from CA

      I believe that the mission to the moon was real. And I hope to live long enough to experience a trip to Mars. That would be a wonderful change of scenery.


    7. Beaumont

      Should say *Private? Company.

      We watch an unannounced rocketlaunch, from the yard, remembering a saying, that we could go blind.

      If NK does that same exact launch, the test was a failed strike, and it was without provocation.

      In our case, a *private? company did it. Not the govt. So, it’s not saber rattling. No worries.

      Federalization seems to store machines of war under a private or local label, trains the civil servants to be praetors, then underreports their numbers, imho. Municipalities are failing and get conscripted, as best I can tell.

      I have not studied this company, in fine detail. I despise alarmists. But, the timing couldn’t be better, for unexpected funding and project development.

      If you really and truly think it is the last thing you will ever do, it could be something altruistic and not what a bastard would do.

    8. CinniMinni

      Too Funny!!! They have been doing this for a decade now. The million dollar “reward” has expired and now Branson thinks he can do it now??? A fool is born everyday believing this crap!

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