Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, decided to ride his bike to the US spaceport launch pad before his long-awaited space trip.
A new Virgin Galactic video shows Branson passing headquarters and stopping the VSS Unity launch area about 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
“The name is Branson, Sir Richard Branson,” Branson said as he signed the Virgin Galactic flight log. “Astronaut 001 Got Exciting License”.
You can watch the live stream of the Virgin Galactic launch here and on the home page, and directly from the space company’s website and YouTube page.
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Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson conducts Unity 22 mission on July 11 before riding his bike to the US spaceport, 2021. Richard Branson, the founder of
Virgin Galactic, cycled to the US spaceport before executing the Unity 22 mission on July 11, 2021. (Image source: Virgin Galactic)
In the video, Branson He happily parked the bike, handed it to a staff member, and exchanged excited hugs with other Unity 22 passengers: Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut trainer; Colin Bennett, Virgin Galactic’s chief operations engineer, and Sirisha Bandla, the company’s vice president of government affairs and research operations.
Your VSS Unity spacecraft will be piloted by Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci, and C.J. Sturckow and Kelly Latimer will pilot the aircraft carrier VMS Eve. Due to bad weather, the launch of SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity and its operator VMS Eve was delayed for 90 minutes.
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Ever since he saw the Apollo 11 astronaut land on the moon in 1969, the 70-year-old Branson has always wanted to fly in space. Of course, only the government could pay the cost of the technology launch at that time. Decades of advancements in computers, materials, and business processes have led several companies (like Branson) to consider offering space flight.
That being said, it was a long journey for Branson. He founded Virgin Galactic in 2004 to build private space airliners to send paying passengers into space. After nearly two decades of test flights and dealing with various problems, including a fatal test flight in 2014, it reached the launch pad today.
The company’s current flagship, SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, can accommodate up to eight people, including two pilots and six passengers. The company’s goal is to start rolling out customers in 2022, with each ticket priced at $250,000.

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