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Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight ‘within weeks’

11 October 2018, 07:14 | Justin Tyler

Branson says Virgin Galactic to launch space flight ‘within weeks’

Sir Richard Branson & Virgin Australia Hold First Meditation Flight

Virgin Galactic's disaster-struck space tourism programme is apparently nearing final launch readiness, with Branson telling USA news site CNBC that: "We should be in space within weeks, not months".

"And then we will be in space with myself in months and not years", he continued. Branson was referring to the Virgin Galactic spaceship being developed by the company for future commercial trips into space.

Branson added that Musk "needs to learn the art of delegation" and should work to "find a fantastic team of people around him". A string of successful test flights this year with new vehicle designs have helped to put it back on track, with Branson clearly confident that Virgin Galactic can take some major steps forward in the coming months.

"We should be in space within weeks, not months", he said.

He responded: 'I think he maybe needs to learn the art of delegation.

British entrepreneur Richard Branson said Tuesday his Virgin Galactic company is just weeks away from launching space test flights.

Virgin Galactic isn't the only private spaceflight services company out there.

Sir Richard Branson & Virgin Australia Hold First Meditation Flight

But delays and a fatal crash in 2014 prevented Sir Richard's original ambitions.

But while Sir Richard believes Musk is "doing fantastically well" in getting cargo into space - including his own auto - the real tussle is between the Virgin boss and Bezos.

Virgin Galactic now has about 800 passengers on its roster, all of whom have paid around $250,000 (£190,000) for a return trip to space.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has said his space travel firm Blue Origin will launch a manned mission into space by 2019.

Both companies offer the customers an incredible experience that will last only a few minutes.

Mr Branson, who is busy getting himself into the "best physical shape" of his life as he prepares to be a space traveller himself early next year, draws some similarities with the start of modern aviation more than a century ago.

For comparison, astronauts at the orbiting International Space Station fly some 250 miles (400 km) above Earth. Tourists will be able to cross the imaginary boundary where space begins, or the line of the Pocket at an altitude of 100 kilometers.

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