Richard Branson has made the bold claim last week that Virgin Galactic will send astronauts into space before Christmas.
The milliard said he was "quite trustworthy" that the space tourism arrangement he had set up could reach this milestone before the end of the year in the 30th business with CNN.
"We have brilliant groups of astronauts who literally believe 100% in the project, and give them all of them," he said.
The entrepreneur said that the first few excursions in space will be flown by test pilots without tourists on board. He will be the first passenger, he added.
Still, several people are ready to accompany $ 200,000 to $ 250,000 for a seat on the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
"I'm not entitled to [test pilots] broke it in a few times, first, "Branson said to the business news network." I would like to be like that [first] flight, but [pilots] There are incredibly courageous people. "
Of course, this is not the first time that Branson predicted this achievement, just later to fall short.
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Initially he said that the company's ship ships would launch before 2009, a date that was repeated several times due to technical challenges.
Virgin Galactic competes against others such as ElS Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos's Blues Origins in a private race to space. Some analysts believe that the space economy could be worth $ 1 billion dollars.
NASA, who said that several private companies will be essential for future research, just warned SpaceX founder Musk that his public drink and use of pot "did not inspire confidence."
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"Security is all if you put people into space," said Branson. "So none of us will run to be the first."
But, he added, "Virgin Galactic will be the first."
"The extraordinary issues made by Elon, we hope to do extraordinary issues." Jeff, I'm sure, will do extraordinary things, "said Branson." The demand for a space trip, whether it's satellites, puts people into space, is huge … So, exciting times ahead. "