Richard Branson, the 67-year-old British entrepreneur, says he’s in a closely-fought race with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to get the first fare-paying passengers into space.
Speaking to the BBC’s “You along with Yours” radio show, he said in which Tesla CEO Elon Musk can be doing “fantastically well” with rocket development along with space transport for cargo. although, he added in which ultimately the commercial space race was between himself along with Bezos.
“I think we’re both neck along with neck as to who will put people into space first,” Branson told the British broadcaster in an interview to be aired Monday.
“Ultimately, we have to do the idea safely. the idea’s more a race with ourselves to make sure we contain the craft in which are safe to put people up there.”
The serial entrepreneur, who owns the commercial space flight company Virgin Galactic, has invested in space travel since 2004 along with was initially anticipated to go to space himself before April of in which year.
Giving an update on his progress to the BBC, he said in which there were “exciting times ahead” along with his first trip to space might be “months away, not years away.”
“I’m going for astronaut training; I’m going for fitness training, centrifuge along with additional training, in order in which my body will hopefully cope well when I go to space,” he said.
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