English business magnate, investor, and author, Richard Branson, is set to visit space on Sunday, July 11, 2021, a report from British-American spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, has confirmed.
According to the spaceflight company, the business investor is scheduled to be conveyed ahead of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos whose date of departure remains Tuesday, July 20, 2021.
Earlier, Jeff Bezos had announced intent to travel to space with his brother Mark and an 82 year old aviator, Wally Funk.
Branson confirmed his trip in a statement made available to journalists, expressing his excitement as he looks forward to the open the space-ways to spacetourism.
Branson said: “After more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry, which is set to open space to humankind and change the world for good.
“I’m honoured to help validate the journey our future astronauts will undertake and ensure we deliver the unique customer experience people expect from Virgin.”
The trip, after a successful completion, will be Virgin Galactic’s fourth test spaceflight to date and its first mission with a team of four.
On Saturday, May 22, the Richard Branson company launched its latest spaceflight with only two pilots.
This time, with Branson aboard, Virgin Galactic said it will livestream the flight interestingly across Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.