Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic complete successful space flight

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CBS News 12 July, 2021 - 06:09am 17 views

Where is Virgin Galactic launching from?

Virgin Galactic's flights launch from Spaceport America, along a desolate stretch of desert in New Mexico. The company's SpaceShipTwo Unity craft is designed to take off on a conventional runway while attached to the underbelly of a carrier ship known as WhiteKnightTwo. NBC NewsVirgin Galactic's rocket reaches edge of space with Richard Branson on board

How high did Richard Branson go?

The height reached by Sir Richard in the rocket plane, known as Unity, was 85km (282,000ft; 53 miles). BBC NewsVirgin Galactic: Sir Richard Branson rockets to the edge of space

Who are the astronauts on Virgin Galactic?

The pilots are David Mackay and Michael Masucci. In addition to Mr. Branson, three Virgin Galactic employees joined the flight to evaluate how the experience will be for future paying customers. The New York TimesHighlights From Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Flight

What time does Branson launch today?

Branson's trip began in dramatic fashion as Virgin's twin-fuselage carrier jet — with the VSS Unity rocket-powered spaceplane bolted under its wing — lifted away from the company's Spaceport America launch site near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, at 8:40 a.m. local time (10:40 a.m. EDT). CBS NewsRichard Branson and Virgin Galactic complete successful space flight

Virgin Galactic: Taking the rich to space won't further humanity, but that's part of Richard Branson's genius

The Independent 12 July, 2021 - 07:00am

Richard Branson is a pure entrepreneurial genius. Today’s spin into space is just one more example of the way he can take an outlandish idea, create fun, fulfil people’s dreams – and make a profit out of it.

Many people make fortunes for themselves, a few create great businesses, and just a tiny number develop products or services that change all our lives – put the late Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos into that last category. But the genius of Sir Richard is purer. He has made a tidy pot of wealth by most people’s standards, but with $5.9bn (£4.2bn), he is ranked by Forbes at only number 500 in their real-time billionaires’ league table. By contrast, his rival in the space race, Jeff Bezos, is in pole position with $212.4bn (£152.7bn). And with Amazon, Bezos has changed the way the world shops.

Branson on the other hand has created a string of businesses in – until now – conventional areas. His story is well-known, and he’s told it himself in a string of books, all with his cheerful face on the cover. There is the early stuff about Virgin Records, later the move into airlines, the ventures in railways, banking, and so on. He is still at it. He has just gone into the cruise business with Virgin Voyages. His new boat is called Scarlet Lady, a nicely naughty name for a huge but quite ordinary cruise liner.

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