Who Will Be the 1st Billionaire in Space?

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Is Richard Branson going to space?

Virgin's July 11 launch will include four passengers, including Branson. ... In August 2020, Branson said he was planning on making his first trip to space in early-2021, but those plans were delayed somewhat after a computer malfunction delayed a previous Virgin Galactic test flight in February. CNBCRichard Branson vs. Jeff Bezos: How the two space-bound billionaires stack up

Who is going into space with Jeff Bezos?

Richard Branson Will Beat Jeff Bezos To Outer Space : NPR. Richard Branson Will Beat Jeff Bezos To Outer Space Branson will be on board a July 11 flight of Virgin Galactic's rocket ship, nine days before Bezos launches. But Bezos will have a record-setting female astronaut along for the ride: Wally Funk, 82. NPRRichard Branson Will Beat Jeff Bezos To Outer Space

When is Bezos going into space?

The news came just hours after Bezos' Blue Origin said Bezos would be accompanied into space on July 20 by a female aerospace pioneer who's waited 60 years to rocket away. Bezos chose July 20 as his West Texas launch date — the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Associated PressRichard Branson announces trip to space, ahead of Jeff Bezos

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Sirisha Bandla: India-born woman who is part of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic flight

Mint 05 July, 2021 - 02:06am

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.

A Virgin Galactic test flight is all set to travel to the edge of space on 11 July and billionaire Richard Branson will also be a part of the six-member team of 'VSS Unity'.which is scheduled to take off to space on 11 July from New Mexico

Indian-origin astronaut, Sirisha Bandla will be taking care of the researcher experience on the Unity22 mission, when a Virgin Galactic test flight travels to the edge of space on July 11.

Taking to Twitter, the 34-year-old aeronautical engineer shared she was "incredibly honoured" to be part of the crew.

"I am so incredibly honoured to be a part of the amazing crew of Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all," she posted.

I am so incredibly honored to be a part of the amazing crew of #Unity22, and to be a part of a company whose mission is to make space available to all. https://t.co/sPrYy1styc

Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic. "Bandla will be evaluating the human-tended research experience, using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile," according to a statement by the Vigin Galactic.

Rakesh Sharma and Sunita Williams were the other Indians who went into space prior to Bandla.

Former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also shared two pictures - one featuring all five members of the crew and a solo photo of Sirisha Bandla on his official Twitter handle.

"Indian-origin women continue to break the proverbial glass ceiling and prove their mettle. On July 11th, Sirisha Bandla with Telugu roots is set to fly to space aboard VSS Unity with Richard Branson and the team marking the dawn of the new space age, making all Indians proud!," the former Chief Minister tweeted.

Indian-origin women continue to break the proverbial glass ceiling and prove their mettle. On July 11th, @SirishaBandla with Telugu roots is set to fly to space aboard VSS Unity with @RichardBranson and the team marking the dawn of the new space age, making all Indians proud! pic.twitter.com/oecuztDRBe

UK billionaire and founder of the Virgin Galactic company Richard Branson announced on June 2 that he will make a spaceflight on July 11, earlier than Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

"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," Branson tweeted on late Thursday.

“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," Branson said in the statement.

The company confirmed the information and published a video, presenting six crew members of the next spaceflight, including Bandla.

"Join us July 11th for our first fully crewed rocket powered test flight, and the beginning of a new space age. The countdown begins," the company wrote on its Twitter page.

Bezos is also going to make a spaceflight on board the New Shepard spaceship, which is scheduled for July 20.

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SPCE Stock Price Increased 4.05%: Why It Happened

Pulse 2.0 05 July, 2021 - 02:06am

The stock price of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc (NYSE: SPCE) increased by 4.05% yesterday, going from a previous close of $43.19 to $44.94. Investors responded positively to Virgin Galactic announcing that the flight window for the next rocket-powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity opens July 11, pending weather and technical checks.

The “Unity 22” mission is going to be a twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity and the company’s fourth crewed spaceflight. And it will also be the first to carry a full crew of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin, including the company’s founder Sir Richard Branson – who will be testing the private astronaut experience.

By building on the success of the company’s most recent spaceflight in May, Unity 22 will focus on cabin and customer experience objectives, including:

— Evaluating the commercial customer cabin with a full crew, including the cabin environment, seat comfort, the weightless experience, and the views of Earth that the spaceship delivers, all to ensure every moment of the astronaut’s journey maximizes the wonder and awe created by space travel

— Demonstrating the conditions for conducting human-tended research experiments

— Confirming the training program at Spaceport America supports the spaceflight experience

And for the first time, Virgin Galactic will share a global livestream of the spaceflight. And audiences around the world are invited to participate virtually in the Unity 22 test flight and see first-hand the extraordinary experience Virgin Galactic is creating for future astronauts. The livestream is going to be available to watch on VirginGalactic.com and it will be simulcast on the Virgin Galactic Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook channels. It is expected to begin at 7:00 am MDT / 9:00 am EDT on the day of the flight.

The flight’s four mission specialists will be:

1.) Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic – Moses will serve as cabin lead and test director in space, overseeing the safe and efficient execution of the test flight objectives.

2.) Colin Bennett, Lead Operations Engineer at Virgin Galactic – Bennett will evaluate cabin equipment, procedures, and experience during both the boost phase and in the weightless environment.

3.) Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic – Bandla will be evaluating the human-tended research experience, using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile.

4.) Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic – Branson will evaluate the private astronaut experience and will undergo the same training, preparation, and flight as Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts. The company will use his observations from his flight training and spaceflight experience to enhance the journey for all future astronaut customers.

Following this flight, and in line with normal procedures, the team is going to complete inspections of the vehicles and an extensive data review, which will inform the next steps in the test flight program. And two additional test flights are planned before the company expects to commence commercial service in 2022.

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