As 3 billionaires compete, Branson set to beat Musk and Bezos, prepares to rocket into space in 2021
- Virgin Galactic says Richard Branson will rocket into space with its spaceship in 2021
- The company says it will be advancing its test flight programme with two manned flights
- Virgin Galactic says if both flights demonstrate the expected results, Sir Branson's flight will occur in the first quarter of 2021
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Billionaire Sir Richard Branson will rocket into space aboard a Virgin Galactic spaceship in 2021.
The company made the disclosure on Monday, August 3, adding that it expects to advance to the next phase of its test flight programme in Autumn with two manned flights.
According to a statement by the company, if both flights demonstrate the expected results, Sir Branson's flight will occur in the first quarter of 2021.
Legit.ng notes that the launch promises to blaze a trail for commercial flights aboard the firm's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, for which a reported 600 people have paid $250,000 (N94,875,000) each to reserve a seat.
Virgin Galactic spaceship. Photo credit: The Sun
Firms such as Blue Origin and SpaceX are the competitions that Virgin Galactic is facing in the private space race.
Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin is the biggest threat Branson's firm is facing as it has pledged to take tourists to space and hopes it happens this year.
Elon Musk's SpaceX has already pledged to take Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on a trip around the Moon in 2023.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously compiled a list of some of the world's richest people who wear inexpensive timepieces or don't even bother at all.
Richest man in the world Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk made the list.
In other news, a Nigerian woman identified as Nwamaka Oparaoji has taken to social media to narrate how she survived since she lost her father at the age of nine.
Nwamaka, who took to her LinkedIn page to share her story, said she travelled to the United States with a bachelor's degree and worked at Kentucky Fried Chicken drive-through window.
According to her, she made $50 per week, took three buses to work and got paid $5.60 per hour.
The woman, who said she was given a childhood pet name that means worthless woman, said she also worked as a nursing assistant.
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