Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson reaches house in take a look at flight, a part of livid house tourism race

Richard Branson reached house on a take a look at flight for Virgin Galactic earlier than gliding again to earth and touching down safely Sunday, the most recent salvo within the burgeoning house tourism enterprise led by high-profile billionaires.

The Virgin Group founder launched Sunday with three firm workers, flying 53 miles above the earth in a last take a look at mission earlier than kicking off business house flights subsequent yr. Branson – who earned his pilot’s license – examined the astronaut cabin expertise.

A photograph launched by the corporate confirmed Branson and the three others in zero gravity.

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After touchdown, Branson tweeted that going to house was “extra magical than I ever imagined.”

Branson tweeted a photograph of him with SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk Sunday morning, saying he’s “feeling good, feeling excited, feeling prepared.”

“Huge day forward,” Branson wrote. “Nice to start out the morning with a good friend.”

Crowds greeted Branson as he arrived for the launch. He waved, smiled and flashed a thumbs up in return.

The corporate reported that in a single day climate prevented crews from beginning flight preparations and delayed liftoff by 90 minutes.

“The way forward for house tourism in New Mexico is getting one step nearer!” Virgin Galactic tweeted Saturday. 

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They rode in SpaceShipTwo – Virgin’s craft designed for tourism – to achieve suborbital house. The vessel was constructed by Virgin Galactic’s sister firm, The Spaceship Firm, according to Space.

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SpaceShipTwo already set data by flying past the U.S. Air Pressure’s outlined boundary of house in 2018, reaching an altitude of 51.4 miles.

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Elon Musk offered his best wishes and “Godspeed!” for the Virgin Galactic flight.

Rival tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, who has raced with Branson to be the primary into house along with his Blue Origin spaceflights, despatched his personal well-wish Saturday forward of Unity 22.

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“Wishing you and the entire staff a profitable and protected flight tomorrow,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram caption alongside a smiling image of Branson. “Better of luck!”

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Musician Khalid was anticipated to carry out his single “New Regular” at Spaceport America after the touchdown.