SpaceX CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s manned spacecraft, the Dragon V2, designed to carry astronauts into space, during a news conference on May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, California. Image via Kevork Djansezian/ Fortune.
Elon Musk wants to go, too
As Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson and Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos race into space, a third billionaire is also reportedly contemplating his own adventure in space tourism: Elon Musk. He’s reserved a seat to fly with Virgin Galactic, according to the company’s founder, Branson, while speaking with The Sunday Times in London on July 12, 2021. Tickets are rumored to go for $250,000. And Musk has reportedly put down a $10,000 deposit. Just when the business magnate will venture into space, though, remains unknown.
Branson acknowledged the purchase in the interview with The Times:
Elon’s a friend, and maybe I’ll travel on one of his ships one day.
Some friendly competition
Branson made a trip to suborbital space on July 11, 2021. It marked the first fully crewed flight for Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo design, which a reusable, winged spacecraft designed to carry eight people, including two pilots. And it was the 22nd spaceflight overall for this particular SpaceShipTwo, named Virgin Space ...