Space tourism: sidereal match between billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson for the conquest of commercial flights


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Billionaires Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson are on a space race for commercial flights. Wally Funk, legend of civil aviation, will be taken by the rocket of the boss of Amazon.

It is a billionaire game that is being played in the United States right now. Who will arrive in space first, Jeff Bezos or Richard Branson? For now, Jeff Bezos has the advantage. The founder of Amazon has indeed invited in his rocket Wally Funk, 82, who would then become the oldest person in space. The American is a legend of civil aviation, and Jeff Bezos offers her his dream of an astronaut.

Wally Funk has always been a pilot, she who took her first lesson at 9 years old. But above all, she was a pioneer: in 1906, she applied to become an astronaut at NASA. “They told me that I had passed the tests better, and faster than the men. But NASA did not select me. I thought I would never go to space.”, she confides. In reality, no woman will be selected. NASA required being a military pilot, and at the time, women were not allowed in the air force. Jeff Bezos’ choice of Wally Funk is clear : he thus repairs an injustice, and the whole world will live to the rhythm of his adventures.

For his part, Richard Branson, the competitor of Jeff Bezos, takes with him a more classic crew, but also presented Hollywood style in a clip. The billionaire’s strong suit is the timeline: He may well arrive before Jeff Bezos in space. The takeoff of his rocket is indeed scheduled for July 11, nine days before that of Jeff Bezos. One of the two men will enter, before the other, in the history of a new conquest: that of commercial flights.

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