Virgin Galactic 'Weeks' Away From Space Flight

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has Blue Origin, and he is pumping in US$1 billion of his Amazon stock into the venture every year with the aim of launching a crewed mission next year. In the most recent test in July, the space plane was released from its jet-powered carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, at 46,500 feet before the Unity's pilots lit its rocket.

Virgin Galactic is the anchor tenant at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, where commercial flights will originate. "And then we'll be in space with people not too long after that".

"Virgin Australia is very focussed on supporting the mental health of its passengers and team members, and there are very few of us who haven't been directly or indirectly impacted by anxiety".

Branson and his space company have continuously been conducting space flight tests these past years. During the 42 seconds rocket burn, VSS Unity reached 2.47 times the speed of sound.

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When asked about consumer demand for space travel, he told CNBC: "I think the market for people who would love to become astronauts and go to space is enormous". Tourists will be able to cross the imaginary boundary where space begins, or the line of the Pocket at an altitude of 100 kilometers.

Branson has invested in space travel since 2004, and had initially expected to fly into to space himself sometime this year.

Talking to the BBC at that time, Branson said: "I think we're both neck and neck as to who will put people into space first".

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One ticket on the Virgin Galactic project costs around $250,000.

At the time Branson added that he hoped to become an astronaut within a year with Virgin Galactic.

And now Branson has told CNBC news channel its first space flight could be imminent.

Branson said "ultimately" he would like to see the price fall to around £30,000 ($40,000) or £38,000 ($50,000) over the next ten years. This was a positive step forward after Virgin Galactic's 2014 fatal crash that killed test pilot Michael Alsbury and injured pilot Peter Siebold.

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