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Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by HonNL: 4:08pm On Jul 11
Branson, Crew Take Off On Virgin Galactic Flight To Space

Billionaire Richard Branson and five Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc. employees took off on a test flight to space, a milestone for the company he founded in 2004 as it prepares to debut tourism trips next year.

The crew soared into clear, sunny skies over New Mexico a little after 8:30 a.m. local time following a weather delay. According to the mission plan, the VSS Unity space plane will be hauled aloft by a carrier aircraft and detached at about 45,000 feet (13,700 meters). It will then ignite its rocket engine and ascend to about 290,000 feet or 55 miles (89 kilometers) above the Earth.

The suborbital journey kicks off a landmark month for the future of space tourism, with Branson looking to demonstrate Virgin Galactic’s capabilities nine days before Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos plans to fly on a rocket made by Blue Origin, his space venture. Both companies envision businesses catering to wealthy tourists willing to pay top dollar for a short period of weightlessness and an unforgettable view of the Earth and heavens.

Branson, 70, and his fellow crewmembers are expected to experience about four minutes of weightlessness. After reaching its highest altitude, the Unity is designed to pivot in space and glide back to the Spaceport America complex near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico.

The mission, which is expected to take more than an hour, is the spacecraft’s 22nd test flight and first with a large crew. Virgin Galactic has dubbed the flight “Unity 22,” and it’s the first of two tests the company is planning this summer before an astronaut-training mission with Italian Air Force personnel later this year.

Branson is evaluating the customer experience during the flight and in the various preparatory events Virgin Galactic plans around its launches. Also on board:

Dave “Mac” Mackay, chief pilot. He is among Virgin Galactic’s earliest hires. He is a former U.K. Royal Air Force test pilot and Boeing 747 aviator at Branson-backed Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. Mackay, who grew up in a rural village in northern Scotland, became the first Scotsman to fly to space.

Michael “Sooch” Masucci, pilot. He is a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel with more than 10,000 hours experience in the U-2 and F-16 jets, along with dozens of other aircraft types. He joined Virgin in 2013 and first flew to space in 2019.

Sirisha Bandla, Virgin’s vice president of government affairs. She will test the “researcher experience” during the flight with a plant experiment from the University of Florida. Born in Guntur, in the Andhra Pradesh province of southern India, she will become the second Indian-American woman to travel in space.

Colin Bennett, a Virgin Galactic engineer. He will evaluate cabin procedures during the test flight. Bennett has worked for Virgin Galactic as an operations engineer for six years in California, according to his LinkedIn page. Previously, he was an engineer at Virgin Atlantic.

Beth Moses, Virgin’s chief astronaut instructor. She is making her second space flight after a trip in February 2019. The flight made Moses the 571st person to travel to space, according to Virgin Galactic. She will be the test director Sunday and the cabin lead. Moses worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for 24 years before joining the company. Her husband, Mike Moses, is Virgin Galactic’s president of space missions and safety.

Virgin last flew the two-craft system on May 22. The company said the Unity performed well after more than two months of work to minimize electromagnetic interference that had delayed a planned February 2021 test. In a flight in December 2020, the rocket motor failed to ignite and the spacecraft glided back to the spaceport.

The test in May was the company’s first successful powered flight since February 2019. Following the test that took place more than two years ago, flight engineers discovered hull damage on the spacecraft from air pressure that had built up after ventilating holes were accidentally covered, according to “Test Gods,” a book published this year by New Yorker writer Nicholas Schmidle.

The company plans to begin working down its backlog of around 600 confirmed customers in early 2022. Virgin Galactic has said it will resume ticket sales after the summer’s test flights, with executives signaling that fares will be higher than the prior price of $250,000 a seat.

Virgin Galactic’s shares have doubled this year through Friday, valuing the startup at almost $12 billion.

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Richard Branson and the @virgingalactic crew of #Unity22 are airborne. Follow VSS Unity at ...


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#BREAKING Spaceship carrying Branson reaches space: Virgin Galactic

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by TUANKU(m): 4:12pm On Jul 11
Money talks...BS works.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by heniford2: 4:14pm On Jul 11
While some people for Nigeria never enter plane someone is going to space to see Jesus and exploit only him sabi dis life no balance I swear

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by BuyAndSellStuff: 4:45pm On Jul 11
Too much money bores people they start creating hobbies.

Their billionaires are busy exploring space frontiers while ours are exploring how many undergraduate females can balance successfully on their potbellies.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by xpressionx(m): 4:50pm On Jul 11
grin

Bon voyage.

Whatever that means,but don't involve me in such a flight.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by FiverrTutor(m): 4:50pm On Jul 11
Welcome to the Galactic zone. We provide food,water and shelter!

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Enoch07: 4:52pm On Jul 11
Omo billionaires get level.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by checkmatez: 4:56pm On Jul 11
Safe journey
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by slawormiir: 5:06pm On Jul 11
Damnnn niggar
Isoright....

Una Well done

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Amotekun777: 5:06pm On Jul 11
Some fools go soon talk say na film trick

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Romanoff(f): 5:06pm On Jul 11
Hmmm.

These billionaires have done everything doable under the sky, na new adventure them dey find wey na space travel remain.

Branson is even talking about Space Tourism.
Elon Musk and Jeff Besos too.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Naijaguy12345(m): 5:06pm On Jul 11
Science at its best !

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by HEAVEN4444: 5:07pm On Jul 11
grin no such thing as space. these people dey bobo us . this nigga dey go north pole. arctic region

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Kraspo(m): 5:07pm On Jul 11
We are busy banning Twitter and cementing our place as the poverty capital of the world.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Commentor: 5:07pm On Jul 11
Nice one.
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by SARSCoV2: 5:07pm On Jul 11
Heard he will stop over at Ijebu-Ode before continuing the voyage

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Nobody: 5:08pm On Jul 11
this always means that if u have plenty money

if u say u want to go to space u can go.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by tishbite41(m): 5:08pm On Jul 11
Money too good abeg
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by willexyaho(m): 5:08pm On Jul 11
Alright
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Afonjashapmouth: 5:09pm On Jul 11
Me on the spaceship

Me: Oga driver

Crew member: We don't have one here

Me: * Crying* You people did not tell me we going to die so nobody is holding steering

CM: No we are not, we have a captain with his crew

Me: But we can stop on the road to eat swallow

CM: *Rolls eye* There is every food you need on deck

Me: But me I like feshly made amala with ewedu ooh

CM: *tired* You should get that

Me: Ehhhhmmm Esquis again

CM: Now what!!

Me: *Raise a Finger* Betnaija shop because I can die if I don't bet

CM: *walk away*

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by saphiere(f): 5:09pm On Jul 11
God when ?? Money is good o.
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by wunmi590(m): 5:09pm On Jul 11
cool
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Gunboysavage(m): 5:09pm On Jul 11
Oppor
Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Ceenachi: 5:09pm On Jul 11
For those of you shaming him for not spending his money on others, Richard Branson spends a large percentage of his money on philanthropy, and who knows? Maybe our descendants will be able to fly into space for a few hundred dollars?

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by floss(m): 5:10pm On Jul 11
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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by brainhgeek(m): 5:11pm On Jul 11
Where some pipu are busy banning twitter upandan.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Realtalk20: 5:11pm On Jul 11
While buhari and the federal government are debating with state governments for cattle grazing routes

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:11pm On Jul 11
HISTORY IS MADE !!!

Richard beats Jeff to this!

Jeff is also going in few days from now, while all of us @MANNABBQGRILLS get ready to go also.

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by Gunboysavage(m): 5:11pm On Jul 11
na all of us go get this money
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggar
Isoright....

Una Well done

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Re: Richard Branson's Flight To Space (Video) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 5:11pm On Jul 11
Realtalk20:
While buhari and the fed

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