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Branson is now set to beat Bezos to space

By T.K. Randall
July 2, 2021 · Comment icon 13 comments

The competition is heating up between the two rivals. Image Credit: YouTube / Virgin Galactic
The ongoing space race between Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic could be settled in just 9 days' time.
Just last week we speculated that Jeff Bezos - who is due to fly to the edge of space aboard Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft on July 20th - would beat rival Richard Branson to the punch.

Now however, Virgin Galactic has announced that it will be launching its next flight of VSS Unity (with Branson aboard) on July 11th - a full 9 days earlier.

It's the latest development in what can only be described as space tourism's answer to the space race - with both Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin vying to launch their respective flights before the other.

Even now, however, things are not set in stone - bad weather on Sunday for instance could scupper's Branson's launch, potentially giving Bezos a chance to make it to the edge of space before him.
It's also possible that Bezos will reschedule to an earlier date.

Whoever ultimately wins - it will mark the beginning of a whole new era of spaceflight, with private firms offering relatively affordable seats to (albeit wealthy) civilian passengers.

Eventually, as competition increases, prices could come down to the point where even regular members of the public will be able to catch a glimpse of our planet from far above.

For both Bezos and Branson - it's a chance to put their names firmly in the history books.

Source: BBC News | Comments (13)

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Comment icon #4 Posted by Piney 3 years ago
Rushing things like this are usually a bad idea. 
Comment icon #5 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
Ready the broom... Vroom vroom...  ~
Comment icon #6 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
While all these billionaires are in space, we should mobilize and take all their stuff.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Desertrat56 3 years ago
If so, he is running out of time. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Jon the frog 3 years ago
We will have a picture before they launch with Musk smoking pot in a crew dragon in orbit doing a finger...
Comment icon #9 Posted by ted hughes 3 years ago
That's an interesting point! If your HQ is in space (registered with a manned satellite like ISS) who would be owed tax?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 3 years ago
The nation which authorised the launch would, under international law, be responsible for the HQ. Since that nation would have the authority to prevent further launches then they would have the capability and leverage to impose taxes.
Comment icon #11 Posted by and then 3 years ago
I'd rather see this kind of competition than not.  It's just a minor event compared to Webb being launched successfully.  I'm actually excited about that far more than I was about Hubble. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Comment icon #13 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago

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