When is Richard Branson going into space?
The Space Race Is On July 12, 2021Richard Branson Went to Space. The Wall Street JournalRichard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Space Flight: What You Need to Know
Where did Virgin Galactic take off from?
The mission began with takeoff from Spaceport America, where Virgin Galactic has built its "Gateway to Space" terminal to serve its future customers. Space.comVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launch with Richard Branson. See video and photos of the flight.
What is Virgin Galactic flight?
Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin flights offer about three to five minutes of continuous weightlessness. Scientists have been able to access suborbital space before, but primarily via uncrewed spacecraft. With these new vehicles, researchers are able to fly alongside the experiments and run them mid-flight. National GeographicWhat Virgin Galactic's milestone flight means for the future of tourists in space
Who are the astronauts on Virgin Galactic?
The spaceplane, carrying Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, two pilots, Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and three company employees, Sirisha Bandla, Colin Bennett and Beth Moses, lifted off from a runway here in a mission that they hope will take them to the edge of space. The Washington PostRichard Branson and his Virgin Galactic crew are safely back from space, ushering in a new era
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Trump said he 'made it possible' for Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos to launch into space, as the billionaire space race takes off
12 July, 2021 - 11:30pm
Trump claimed he was responsible for leasing them the facilities they needed for their launches.
He also claimed that he'd reopened NASA. The agency never closed.
Former President Donald Trump on Sunday took credit for the space race between the billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos.
Trump called into the Fox News show "Sunday Morning Futures," hosted by Maria Bartiromo, and said his administration had leased facilities to Branson and Bezos so that they could go to space.
"They love sending rocket ships up. And I made it possible for them to do this. I actually said to my people, 'Let the private sector do it,'" Trump said.
"These guys want to come in with billions of dollars. Let's lease them facilities, because, you know, you need certain facilities to send up rockets. And we have those facilities. We have the greatest facilities."
While Branson and Bezos have indeed tested and launched rockets from government facilities, the terms of those agreements preceded Trump's presidency.
Branson was already forging ahead with rocket testing in 2014, when he used the Mojave Air and Space Port to launch the VSS Enterprise.
Branson blasted off on Sunday from a commercial facility called Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where Virgin Galactic relocated its spaceplane testing more than a decade ago. His agreement to be the anchor tenant at the facility, managed by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, dates back to 2011, way before Trump took office in 2017.
Bezos operates Blue Origin's space ventures from a 165,000-acre parcel of land he purchased in West Texas years ago. In 2015, Bezos leased a launchpad in Florida from the US Air Force for an orbital launch vehicle.
Bezos is set to take off from Texas on July 20 with his brother Mark in a capsule on Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. They'll be accompanied by the 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk and an unidentified bidder who forked over $28 million for a seat on the flight. Blue Origin plans to launch them to the Kármán line, about 62 miles above the ground - higher than the 53.5-mile mark Branson got to.
"There was grass growing in the cracks of the runway. There were all broken-up runaways. There was grass growing through those cracks. And it's now a vibrant, incredible place," Trump said of NASA, adding: "That was a closed, dead field, and I'm very, very proud of the Space Force."
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Virgin Galactic has successfully taken its first passengers to space, including its billionaire founder Richard Branson. The event, at Spaceport America in New Mexico, was a field day for press and employees, complete with an early-morning Khalid set and hero walk by Branson and the crew. "Just imagine a world where people of all ages, all backgrounds, from anywhere, of any gender, of any ethnicity, have equal access to space," Branson said on returning.
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