Thursday, July 29

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Elon Musk showed up in Richard Branson’s kitchen at 3 am to wish him luck flying to the edge of space

Elon Musk visited fellow space-baron billionaire Richard Branson at home on the morning of Branson's historic flight to the edge of the cosmos.The Virgin Group tycoon flew about 55 miles high — just skimming the edge of space — aboard a SpaceShipTwo rocket plane on Sunday morning. It was Virgin Galactic's first flight with a full crew, and it has positioned the company to fly its first paying tourists to the edge of space next year. ...
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Virgin Galactic just flew billionaire founder Richard Branson and 3 crewmates to the edge of space

LoadingSomething is loading. Virgin Galactic has launched, flown, and landed its first full crew, positioning the company to start commercial tourist flights in 2022.Billionaire Richard Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, soared to the edge of space aboard the company's SpaceShipTwo space plane on Sunday morning. He served ...
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Watch live as Richard Branson flies to the edge of space aboard a Virgin Galactic rocket plane on Sunday

Virgin Galactic is about to rocket four people — including the company's founder, Richard Branson — to the edge of space.The company has flown people on its reusable, winged rocket plane, called SpaceShipTwo, three times since December 2018. But two of those flights involved only Virgin Galactic pilots. Only one of the flights carried a passenger.On Sunday, the SpaceShipTwo plane, called VSS Unity, is set to carry the company's first full crew more than 50 miles above the Earth.The vehicle requires two pilots and has room for six passengers. For this journey, the pilots will be Dave Mackay and Mike Masucci, and they'll carry Branson and his three crewmates: Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic's chief astronaut instructor; Colin Benne...
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Billionaire Richard Branson aims to fly to the edge of space as early as July 11, narrowly beating Jeff Bezos

After weeks of flying rumors, Richard Branson has finally confirmed that he's aiming to reach the edge of space before Jeff Bezos.The two billionaires both founded their own spaceflight companies — Bezos started Blue Origin in 2000 and Branson created Virgin Galactic in 2004 — with the ultimate dream of getting to space themselves. Their personal space race might end next weekend.That's because Virgin Galactic announced Thursday that it's planning to launch Branson aboard its next test flight, as early as July 11. Bezos won't be climbing aboard his company's New Shepard rocket until July 20."I've always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars," Branson said on Twitter. "On July 11, it's ti...