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Branson's Training up for a Virgin Galactic Trip Within Months

Richard Branson said Monday his Virgin Galactic will begin space test flights in a matter of weeks. File Richard Branson said Monday his Virgin Galactic will begin space test flights in a matter of weeks. File
Kristen Harrington | 10 October, 2018, 10:04

Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson says his team are only "weeks, not months" away from putting their first rocket in space - and Galactic are "neck and neck" with Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin program for the first commercial spaceflight.

In an interview with CNBC, Branson said his company was "more than tantalisingly close" to its first landmark flight beyond Earth's atmosphere, stating: "we should be in space within weeks, not months".

"We will be in space with people not too long after that so we have got a very, very exciting couple of months ahead". And that'll be a legitimate offsettable business expense for professional Instagrammers, so there ought to be loads of them up flying about up there, pouting in front of small, black windows.

The feat would mark a milestone for the company which is in a race against Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Elon Musk's SpaceX to offer space flights to wealthy would-be astronauts.

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Branson said the proposed $250,000 price tag of a Virgin Galactic ticket would allow those who dreamed of visiting space to lift off in larger numbers. The company plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.

Space tourism has turned into a hot commodity in recent years.

Virgin Spaceship Unity and Virgin Mothership Eve take to the skies on its first captive carry flight in 2016.

To prepare for his maiden voyage, Branson said, he's been training rigorously: cycling, playing tennis and spending time in a centrifuge to acquaint his body with the gravitational forces of space.

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"I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is very big".

When asked about consumer demand for space travel, he told CNBC: "I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is enormous".

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on its first test flight in October 2010 to prove the glide-and-land design.

Branson's other space company, Virgin Orbit, has a contract with the Pentagon to launch "technology demonstration satellites", which it is aiming to do by 2019. Meanwhile Elon Musk of SpaceX has announced plans to send a passenger around the moon in 2023.

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