Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson successfully rockets to outer space

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Where does Virgin Galactic launch 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 space with Richard Branson on board

What time does Richard Branson take off for space?

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

When is Virgin Galactic first commercial flight?

On July 11, Virgin Galactic will make a giant leap toward commercial suborbital spaceflight. The company will launch its first fully crewed flight of its SpaceShipTwo space plane Unity with a special passenger on board: the company's billionaire founder Richard Branson. Space.comVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launch with Richard Branson: Here's when to watch and what to know.

How long is Virgin Galactic flight?

The trip will last in total about two and a half hours. However, Branson and his team will only be weightless in space for four to five minutes before the craft tilts and returns to Earth. The GuardianVirgin Galactic flight to the edge of space: your questions answered

Trump says he paved the way for billionaires' space race

New York Post 11 July, 2021 - 02:57pm

By Mark Moore

July 11, 2021 | 12:25pm | Updated July 11, 2021 | 2:12pm

Former President Donald Trump took credit for the race to space among billionaires Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk by creating the Space Force, reviving NASA and encouraging the private sector to take the lead on exploring the cosmos.

“Better him than me. I would rather see Richard in the plane today than me in the spaceship. But if Richard loves it, and Bezos loves it, and a lot of rich guys love space,” Trump said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Trump’s interview with Maria Bartoromo took place as news stations showed images of Branson’s space plane taking off from New Mexico Sunday morning for his successful and historic trip into space.

“I made it possible for them to do this. I actually said to my people: Let the private sector do it. These guys want to come in with billions of dollars. Let’s lease them facilities because you need certain facilities to send up rockets, and we have those facilities. We have the greatest. And I reopened them because they were, as I told you, they were dead, they were closed, or essentially closed for the most part,” the former president said.

“So I said, hey look, if Elon wants to stand up a rocket, let him do it. We’ll charge him some rent. Let him do it. Let these guys do it. And we’re seeing advancement now that I don’t believe we would have ever seen had we done it the old-fashioned way,” Trump said on Fox. 

Branson launched himself and five others into space on a Virgin Galactic rocket, beating the Amazon founder Bezos into space.

The British entrepreneur had been scheduled to make the attempt later this summer but moved up the timetable because Bezos was planning his launch on July 20.

Musk, whose SpaceX rockets have carried crews into orbit, has yet to take one of the flights, but has voiced a desire to travel into space.

Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson takes off for spaceflight in furious space tourism race

Fox Business 11 July, 2021 - 02:34pm

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Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic team prepare for the crew's first spaceflight

Richard Branson took off Sunday on his first flight into space for Virgin Galactic, after liftoff of the Unity 22 was delayed due to weather overnight. 

Virgin Group founder Branson launched Sunday with three company employees, flying to the edge of space in a final test mission before kicking off commercial space flights next year. Branson – who earned his pilot’s license – is testing the astronaut cabin experience. 

Branson tweeted a photo of him with SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk Sunday morning, saying he is "feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready."

"Big day ahead," Branson wrote. "Great to start the morning with a friend."

Crowds greeted Branson as he arrived for the launch. He waved, smiled and flashed a thumbs up in return.

The company reported that overnight weather prevented crews from starting flight preparations.

"The future of space tourism in New Mexico is getting one step closer!" Virgin Galactic tweeted Saturday. 

The launch will see the SpaceShipTwo – Virgin's craft designed for tourism – reach suborbital space. The vessel was built by Virgin Galactic's sister company, The Spaceship Company, according to Space.

SpaceShipTwo already set records by flying beyond the U.S. Air Force's defined boundary of space in 2018, reaching an altitude of 51.4 miles.

Elon Musk offered his best wishes and "Godspeed!" for the Virgin Galactic flight.

Rival tech billionaire Jeff Bezos, who has raced with Branson to be the first into space with his Blue Origin spaceflights, sent his own well-wish Saturday ahead of Unity 22.

The launch can be viewed via live webcast, which will start shortly before launch but after the crew has manned the vessel. Stephen Colbert will host the webcast. 

Musician Khalid will perform his single, "New Normal," at Spaceport America ahead of the launch. 

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Virgin Galactic prepares to lift off

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Branson Reaches Space In Flawless Flight - AVweb

AVweb 11 July, 2021 - 10:56am

A jubilant Sir Richard Branson celebrated the “experience of a lifetime” as one of six people aboard what was officially the first commercial passenger flight to the edge of space Sunday morning. “Space is Virgin territory” said one of several commentators on the live video feed as the spacecraft reached about 85 kilometers in altitude and performed its “feather” maneuver, rolling inverted to maximize the view of the earth below for the occupants. After about 3.5 minutes of weightlessness, in which Branson and his fellow passengers unstrapped to float freely in the spacious cabin.

The space plane then descended through the atmosphere before gliding to a centerline landing on runway 34 at Virgin’s New Mexico spaceport.  A recovery crew met the vehicle on the runway and opened a small hatch near the front of Unity 22. Duration of the flight from release from the Mothership Eve carrier aircraft was a little more than 15 minutes.

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