STORY – The British billionaire must take off from New Mexico on Sunday for a suborbital flight. By going to space first, he wants to blow the limelight to Jeff Bezos, whose flight is scheduled for July 20.
D-Day for Richard Branson. This Sunday, July 11, the 70-year-old British billionaire hopes to make space in the history of the conquest. Except bad weather or last minute technical problem, the boss of Virgin Galactic, pilot in his spare time, must fly into space. In a way, it will kick off suborbital space tourism.
At 3 p.m. (Paris time), the White Knight Two, a carrier plane, carrying the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft (called VSS Unity), must take off from the tarmac of spaceport America, built at the gates of the New Mexico desert. The aircraft was to drop the VSS Unity at an altitude of 50,000 feet, or approximately 15,000 meters. The spaceship will then ignite its engines in order to propel itself to the borders of space during a parabolic flight. On board the high-tech cabin with panoramic windows, four passengers, including Richard Branson and three employees of his space company, and, in the cockpit, two pilots. During this flight of
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