Space race: Richard Branson trolls Elon Musk, says he must sleep more

Cesar Mills
October 11, 2018

According to Sir Richard Branson, founder of the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, their latest spaceplane, SpaceShipTwo, will be in space in a matter of weeks. Then "we will be in space with myself in months and not years", the billionaire stated.

He said the firm would be taking people into space "not too long after" that.

Sir Richard said that learning the art of delegation might address Musk's "one flaw" - his controversial Twitter rants.

Even as Musk was forced to settle with the SEC over charges of securities fraud, paying a $20 million fine and stepping down as chairman of Tesla, he still appears to have the edge on Branson in the space race.

While Sir Richard says that he will have humans in space next year, Mr Musk has set a target of 2030 to get people to Mars, with the first people there being tasked with beginning to build a new civilisation.

Over the past few months, Branson has been busy undergoing a regimen of astronaut fitness and centrifuge training.

Virgin Orbit will also put satellites into space in December or January, Branson said.

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Currently, some 700 people are on Virgin Galactic's waiting list (to the tune of US$250,000 (NZ$385,157) a ticket) for the company's first commercial flights, whenever they might be.

Branson hopes to have a space craft that can carry six passengers and two pilots above Earth.

"So I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is enormous".

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, has an estimated net worth of $5 billion. "And it is up to us to produce as many spaceships as we can to cater to that demand". Since then, the company has already enlisted around 800 passengers who paid $250,000 Dollars each for a return ticket on the Virgin Galactic. To date, no private company has delivered on its promise to send tourists into space.

Smiling Mind CEO Dr Addie Wooten said: "As little as a couple of minutes of meditation can improve our overall sense of calm and wellbeing during a flight".

Blue Origin flew its New Shepherd spacepod, which launches aboard a traditional rocket capsule, to an altitude of 351,000 feet (107,000 metres) during a test flight near Van Horn, Texas, on April 29.

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