Elon Musk buys ticket for one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flights

Elon Musk has bought a ticket on one of rival billionaire Sir Richard Branson's spaceship flights (Twitter/Virgin Galactic)
Elon Musk has bought a ticket on one of rival billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s spaceship flights (Twitter/Virgin Galactic)

Perhaps spurred on by the fact that 70-year-old Richard Branson is set to fly to space today, fellow billionaire Elon Musk has bought a ticket.

Even though Musk owns his own private space company, SpaceX, it seems he wanted to lend some support to Sir Richard.

The Sunday Times reports that Musk has paid for a seat on a future Virgin Galactic voyage.

Mr Musk paid a 10,000-dollar (£7,000) deposit to reserve a seat.

No date for his flight has been specified.

Virgin Spaceship Unity (VSS Unity) touches down after flying freely for the first time after being released from Virgin Mothership Eve (VMS Eve) on 3rd, December 2016 in the Mojave Desert. (Credits: Virgin Galactic)
Virgin Spaceship Unity (VSS Unity) touches down after flying freely for the first time after being released from Virgin Mothership Eve (VMS Eve) on 3rd, December 2016 in the Mojave Desert. (Credits: Virgin Galactic)

Sir Richard confirmed the purchase in an interview with The Sunday Times, saying he might reciprocate by booking a ticket on a SpaceX flight in the future.

‘Elon’s a friend and maybe I’ll travel on one of his ships one day,’ he said.

Amid what has been dubbed the billionaires’ space race, SpaceX has launched dozens of rockets, including manned flights, but Mr Musk himself has not yet flown on any.

The company is due to launch its first fully private spaceflight in the autumn.

Sir Richard will become the first owner-astronaut to take part in a mission, beating Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who plans to reach space in his own rocket – through his Blue Origin company – in nine days’ time.

Tourists are expected to pay some 250,000 dollars (£180,000) for a spaceflight on Virgin Galactic, which includes four minutes of zero gravity.

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