Sumary of Branson Vs. Bezos: Why The Billionaires’ Trips To The Edge Of Space Could Not Be More Different:
- Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity on her historic first Spaceflight in 2018.
- In the race between Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos, it’s the Virgin Galactic CEO that looks poised to reach space first when he blasts-off on Sunday, July 11, 2021 as “Astronaut 001.” That’s a mere nine days before the Amazon and Blue Origin founder is scheduled to go skywards.
- MORE FROM FORBESThe 19 Days That Will Change Human Spaceflight Forever As Branson, Bezos And Boeing Head For Space This JulyBy Jamie Carter What we do know is that the two space tourism vehicles—and the journeys they will make to reach space—could not be more different.
- Supersonic speeds, a few minutes of weightlessness in space and a view of the curvature of Earth against the blackness of space and desert launches in the American Southwest are things they both offer, but that’s about where the similarities end.
- Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming journeys of Branson and Bezos as the billionaire space race finally gets real: Virgin Galactic’s supersonic VSS Unity spaceplane air-launches from a “mothership” aircraft at …
- Mark Greenberg / Virgin Galactic MORE FOR YOU Virgin Galactic: mission profile Virgin Galactic’s concept is to put eight people (including two pilots) in a supersonic jet that air-launches to the edge of space.
- It begins with a runway take-off of a piloted mothership called VMS Eve, which carries the VSS Unity supersonic jet.
- At 52,000 feet up VSS Unity separates from VMS Eve, which returns to the runway.