CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Richard Branson from Virgin Galactic doesn’t say when he wants to launch a rocket ship into space or become the first billionaire to board his rocket.
In an interview after he was launched via satellite by his private company, Virgin Orbit, on Wednesday, Branson told the Associated Press that Virgin Galactic should be “so open” in his remarks about the open-traded company.
“The only thing I can say is that when the engineers tell me I can go into space, I’m ready to go, I’m fit and healthy,” Branson said. “So we’ll see.”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is celebrating his rocket company’s first manned flight on July 20th. The Texas flight from West Texas includes Bezos, the winner of a charity auction and a fourth unidentified person who shot $ 28 million.
Unlike Elon Musk’s SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin aim to send space tourists around the world to orbit, not down and down.
Branson was at Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico base and flew to the Mojave Desert in California on Wednesday for a flying and multi-satellite mission.
Virgin Galactic is planning three more test flights to the edge of space this summer and early fall, before launching buyers. Initially, the company had put Branson on an upcoming second flight, but declined to say whether it would take him on the next flight.
Branson would not comment on which flight he would take on Wednesday – he wouldn’t even say when the next flight would be. He acknowledged that before opening the doors to a paying public, it is important for potential customers to see what it takes to travel.
The thrilling adventure of the 71-year-old in a matter of weeks said he was “not afraid at all” to fly into space.
“It’s a lifelong dream,” he told the AP.
Last week, Virgin Galactic got OK to start launching customers from the Federal Aviation Administration. More than 600 people have already retained the right to travel into space. Initially, ticket prices were $ 250,000, but the price is expected to rise as the company resumes accepting bookings.
Virgin Galactic made its third space flight in May, with two pilots in the cockpit of the winged spacecraft. Like Virgin Orbit, Virgin Galactic also uses an airplane to rise from the ground and wait until it reaches altitude before releasing the rocket.