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Virgin Galactic vs Blue Origin - who will win ?

June 27, 2021 | Comment icon 3 comments

Will Branson beat Bezos to the edge of space ? Image Credit: YouTube / Virgin Galactic
The two private space firms are gearing up for their first commercial flights, but who will get there first ?
The suborbital space tourism sector is set to become the next major space race battleground over the coming months with two major contenders - Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic - offering passengers the opportunity to take a trip to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic was the first to pursue this idea seriously, with Blue Origin not joining the fray until relatively recently, however to date neither have achieved a flight with paying passengers.

This is likely to change very soon however, with Blue Origin planning to launch the first crewed mission of its New Shepard spacecraft on July 20th with Bezos himself along for the ride.
Virgin Galactic, meanwhile, has just received FAA approval to begin commercial launches from New Mexico, with an additional test flight (including one with Branson on-board) scheduled for this year.

As things stand, it does not look as though Branson's firm will beat Blue Origin to the punch, however things could change very quickly - so it's still not a forgone conclusion that Bezos will get there first.

Whichever ultimately does become the first to launch paying passengers, it is likely that the two companies will maintain a healthy rivalry in the fledgling suborbital space tourism sector for many years to come.

Source: CBS News | Comments (3)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hammerclaw 11 months ago
It's like comparing apples and oranges. Blue Origin has serious Space aspirations while Virgin Galactic is content to sell low tech, Mach 3, high altitude circus rides.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 11 months ago
Did you actually read the article before commenting? The article is specifically about the Virgin Galactic / Blue Origin rivalry in the commercial sub-orbital tourist market.    Any orbital aspirations are totally irrelevant to that rivalry. Your "apples and pears comparison is, in this context, totally false. As for the "serious" space aspirations, as you call it, you seem to be totally unaware of Virgin's history in that area. Virgin Galactic once had aspirations to launch satellites. Those aspirations only ended when, in 2017,  Branson split the orbital part of Virgin from the tourist compa... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hammerclaw 11 months ago
Virgin Orbit is a separate company, one of many under the Virgin umbrella, run by Dan Hart, an industry professional, formally of Boeing. Virgin Galactic is joke, now, over here. They will be putting people in harm's way for money and will get people killed and that will be the end of Virgin Galactic.  

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