With Virgin Galactic Unity 22, the 70-year-old billionaire Richard Branson created history by being the first person to walk on the edge of space. In the vehicle that the company has been constructing for the past 17 years, the UK-based entrepreneur flew above New Mexico in the United States.
He knocked over SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to become the first space tourism advocate to teach space. As part of a test flight for his company, Virgin Galactic, the spacecraft reached a max altitude of 53.5 miles (86.1 km), and the journey lasted almost an hour.
Three Galactic employees accompanied Richard Branson: Indian-born Sirisha Bandla, Beth Moses, and Colin Bennett. Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, the vehicle’s two pilots, piloted it. Branson described the journey as a that he plans to begin selling to customers next year, with 600 people have already paid deposits for tickets that cost almost $250,000 (Rs.1,86,21,875 approx.).
This individual’s customers will pay to climb to a height from which they may see the sky turn black and gaze out at the Earth’s horizon as it arcs away in the distance. During the flight, customers will have the opportunity to float around inside Unity’s cabin for five minutes of weightlessness.
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