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When is Richard Branson going to space?

Billionaire Richard Branson will be flying to the edge of space on July 11 on board the 'Unity' rocket ship his company, Virgin Galactic, has been developing for around 20 years. Moneycontrol.comRichard Branson, Virgin Galactic prepare for July 11 spaceflight: What we know about the mission

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Sirisha Bandla who is part of six space travellers aboard 'VSS Unity' of Virgin Galactic will become the second India-born woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla. According to a report by the news agency, ANI Sirisha Bandla was born in Andhra Pradesh's Guntur district was brought up in Houston. LivemintSirisha Bandla: India-born woman who is part of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight

Indian astronaut’s grandfather ‘overwhelmed with joy’

Yahoo News 06 July, 2021 - 10:35pm

will become the second Indian-born woman to visit space

Her grandfather says she has always been fascinated by space

(SOUNDBITE) (English) GRANDFATHER OF SIRISHA BANDLA, DR. RAGAIAH BANDLA, SAYING:

"I am very happy and overwhelmed with joy. My second granddaughter, she is going to the space."

"From the beginning, I didn't know she was very much fascinated by sky, looking at the sky, space, how to enter the space and what is there and all that. With this, she did her graduation also in the space studies."

Virgin Galactic's test flight with billionaire Richard Branson aboard

marks a new era of private commercial space travel

It's scheduled to launch on July 11

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Virgin Galactic aims to send Richard Branson to space before Jeff Bezos

CNET 06 July, 2021 - 10:35pm

Business magnate Richard Branson hopes to finally make the trip to space he's been working toward for years, on July 11 aboard his Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo Unity.

"After more than 16 years of research, engineering, and testing, Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry," Branson said in a statement Thursday.

I’ve always been a dreamer. My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars. On July 11, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality aboard the next @VirginGalactic spaceflight https://t.co/x0ksfnuEQ3 #Unity22 pic.twitter.com/GWskcMSXyA

The mission, dubbed Unity 22, is the 22nd flight test for the rocket-powered spaceplane VSS Unity, the fourth crewed Virgin spaceflight, and company founder Branson's first trip beyond Earth.

Virgin Galactic has said it plans to perform three more test flights before welcoming its paying customers aboard for a microgravity joyride with an epic view. Unity 22 will be the first of those flights, with Branson joining a crew of five other Virgin Galactic employees for the trip.

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Ostensibly, the mission will "focus on cabin and customer experience objectives," according to the company. But the timing seems almost designed to ratchet up the "battle of the billionaires" rhetoric in the media, as Virgin Galactic, Jeff Bezos's Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX all aim to get their commercial space tourism offerings off the ground this year.

The news comes on the same day fellow billionaire magnate rocket enthusiast Bezos announced that aviation pioneer Wally Funk, a member of the "Mercury 13" group of women who passed the same tests as early NASA astronauts, will join him on his first trip to space, slated for July 20.

Notably, Branson will beat Bezos to space by nine days, if all goes to plan. Branson, the founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines and a number of other companies also offered a tease in the company's promotional video for the flight: "When I return, I will announce something very exciting to give more people a chance to become astronauts."

No word just yet on what that might mean. But for the first time, Virgin Galactic will allow the rest of use to follow along via a livestream of the mission. We'll be sure to carry it here, and I'm already looking into getting as close as I can for liftoff from Spaceport America here in New Mexico.

The stream is expected to start at 6 a.m. PT on July 11. Check back here and also follow me on Twitter @EricCMack for more incremental updates.

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