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British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Brenson along with five colleagues, including Indian-origin aeronautical engineer Shirisha Bandla, returned safely to space on a Virgin Galactic VSS Unity rocket plane. According to Indian time, his plane returned to a launch center spaceport in New Mexico at around 9:12 pm.
Earlier, 71-year-old Brenson, along with five of his colleagues, left on a historic flight to space at 8:10 pm Indian time. Although this flight was about an hour, but it is considered a milestone for space tourism.
During the flight, a crowd of more than 500 people saluted Brenson and his companions for a successful journey. Brenson’s wife, children and grandchildren were also in this crowd. The rocket plane was to take off at 6:30 pm, but due to bad weather, the launch time was extended by one and a half hours. All members of Brenson’s crew on this trip were company employees.
Success a week before birthday
Before the flight, Brenson said that I want to assess this experience as a passenger before allowing space tourism next year. Brenson has achieved this success when his 71st birthday is next week i.e. on 18th July.
Reached the edge of space at 88 km altitude, felt weightlessness
According to the plan, the rocket plane that Brenson and his companions took had first separated from the original vehicle White Knight Two at an altitude of about 13 km. Where he got the energy to get faster from his rocket engine. The aircraft then left the Earth’s atmosphere and reached an altitude of 88 km, where everyone felt the weightlessness of space. After this the vehicle returned to Earth.
After nine days now it’s Bezos’s turn
After Brenson, another billionaire Jeff Bezos will also go into space on July 20 from the New Shepherd spacecraft of his company Blue Origin. Bezos has chosen July 20 as his launch date from West Texas, which will be the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon.
Branson’s ancestral relationship with Tamil Nadu
British entrepreneur Richard Branson, who created history by becoming the first billionaire to go to outer space, also has a unique relationship with India. The 71-year-old Branson’s ancestors had roots in Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu.
Branson, owner of Virgin Company, which has tied up with the Maharashtra government to build a hyperloop network between Mumbai and Pune, had in December 2019 revealed after a DNA test that his father’s Indian-origin great-grandmother Aria was a resident of Cuddalore.
She married in the year 1793 and moved into Branson’s family, but her maternal ancestry still lives in Cuddalore. For this reason Branson considers himself an industrialist of Indian origin. According to Branson, every time I meet an Indian, I say that we may be relatives.
Big earning plan – Rs 2 crore per ticket
Many have already booked space trips with the company at around Rs 2 crore per seat. If someone has booked a trip with Virgin Galactic then he can get a chance to fly into space in early 2022.
By 2030, the annual market for space tourism will be Rs 22,500 crore
Brenson’s company is preparing to take people to space every week from 2022. Established in 2004, Virgin Galactic has booked more than 600 people for commercial flights from 2022. Switzerland’s investor bank UBS has estimated that the space tourism market will reach around Rs 22,500 crore annually by 2030.
Will make a new generation of dreamers astronauts: Brenson
Richard Brenson said that ‘It is a memorable experience of life. We are here to make space more accessible to all. We want to transform the next generation of dreamers into the astronauts of today and tomorrow. We all have had an extraordinary experience with this flight. We would love it even more when many more of you achieve this feat. If you ever had a dream, now is the time to create it. It’s coming true. I want to conclude by saying welcome to the beginning of a new space age.‘
Big earning plan – Rs 2 crore per ticket
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