Billionaire Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and Blue Origin, was on the verge of winning the space race by revealing plans to travel to space ahead of rivals Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson in starting the path of space tourism, but it seems that Richard Branson, The Virgin Galactic founder is planning a sub-orbital flight two weeks before Bezos and his brother's.
According to recent updates on upcoming spaceflights, the 70-year-old Branson will travel to space aboard his VSS Unity SpaceShipTwo rocket plane on July 4, while 57-year-old Bezos A year will have to wait until July 20 to launch aboard the Blue Origin New Shepard spacecraft.
A source said Virgin Galactic had begun planning for Branson's flight ahead of Monday's announcement that Jeff and Mark Bezos would launch to the edge of space. However, it is clear that there is fierce competition between the three major businessmen who now dominate the space tourism and exploration sector. The trio of entrepreneurs poured billions of dollars into their startups with the goal of creating inexpensive commercial spaceflight.
But while Musk has spoken of death on Mars and Bezos has ambitions to travel to deep space, Branson's clear goal from the first moment is to develop reusable "spaceplanes" to take tourists on short suborbital flights.
Singer Katy Perry, actor Tom Hanks, and Justin Bieber have already received exclusive tickets.
But Branson's next flight is contingent upon Virgin Galactic obtaining an operator license from the US Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ).
While Musk has been silent about Bezos' announcement and Branson's flight report, his company SpaceX has already sent astronauts to the International Space Station and will launch the world's first civilian crew into orbit on September 15, but Musk has long-term plans to establish a human colony on Mars.