In an interview with The Sunday Times, British billionaire Richard Branson confirmed that SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has booked a seat for one of Virgin Galactic’s next spacecraft launches.
Richard Branson added that Elon Musk is his friend, and he does not exclude that one day he will go into space on one of SpaceX’s ships. It is not yet known when Elon Musk is going to fly on the Virgin Galactic ship. According to The Wall Street Journal, a seat on the ship is offered for $ 250,000. In this case, passengers will be in zero gravity for four minutes.
Recall that yesterday, Virgin Galactic successfully launched its Unity-22 spacecraft with Richard Branson and several other astronauts, which then landed at Spaceport America in New Mexico.
Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos congratulated Richard Branson on the successful space flight, although Bezos’ company Blue Origin previously said it would not recognize this flight as space. The word “space” has been placed in quotation marks, as the Virgin Galactic spacecraft rose to an altitude of 86 km, while the “boundary of space” (Karman’s line) begins at an altitude of 100 km.
Here it is necessary to clarify that Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are direct competitors and have never declared their friendship, unlike Musk and Branson.