Richard Branson made a bold claim last week, and Virgin Galactic astronauts will send Christmas into space.
Billionaire, the founder of the space tourism initiative with CNN Business on November 30 in the interview until the end of this year 's "quite sure that the reach of the" sure, "he said.
”We have a bright group of astronauts who believe in the project and give it everything,” he said.
The first few trips to the space, he said, will be flown by test pilots who are not tourists on board. He will be the first passenger, he added.
Nevertheless, several people are ready for a podium from $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 for a seat in Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
"I [test pilots] First, "Branson said the business news network." [first] flight but [pilots] incredibly brave people. "
Of course, this is not the first time Branson's success, but later predicted to drop shortly.
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Initially, the company will be launched until 2009, when it was withdrawn several times due to technical difficulties.
The Virgin Galactic is competing in a special race against others, such as Elon Musk's SpaceX and the Blue Origins of Jeff Bezos. Some analysts think the space economy could be worth $ 1 trillion at the end.
NASA said that a few private companies are vital for future space research, and warned that the founder of SpaceX, Musk, "has no confidence in the public's ability to drink and use."
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"If you put people in space, security is important," said Branson. "So none of us will compete to be the first."
But he added, "Virgin Galactic will be the first."
, Elon did extraordinary things. We hope to do something extraordinary. Jeff, I'm sure, will do something extraordinary,. He said. "The demand for space travel or satellites, placing people into space, enormous … Such exciting times."