The battle for space tourism has just begun with the flight made by Virgin Galactic last Sunday, July 11th. However, on July 20, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, will take a trip to space with his astronaut brother Wally Funk and an unknown passenger who won a $28 million ticket auction.
And while Blue Origin doesn’t consider Virgin Galactic’s flight a “journey into space,” the company just gave Jeff Bezos a media hit, with Elon Musk buying a ticket to space travel with Richard Branson’s company.
The ticket cost is 250 thousand dollars. In fact, Virgin Galactic said it has so far raised $80 million in sales and deposits for space travel over the next few months.
Virgin Galactic will also be awarding two tickets to space in early 2022. It was not made clear if this would be the company’s next spaceflight nor was it revealed if Musk would be a crew member.
Why isn’t Elon Musk traveling with SpaceX?
Although most of the announcements about SpaceX have to do with its flights to the space station and its mission to bring the first humans to Mars, the company also said it hopes to start a space tourism business later this year.
In fact, comparing SpaceX’s experience with Blue Origin and Virgin Galactic, Elon Musk’s company has more successful spaceflights, and has several contracts with NASA to take astronauts on different missions.
However, when it comes to space tourism, SpaceX has not revealed its plans or pricing.
On the other hand, Elon Musk is an old friend of Richard Branson, because, last Sunday, the English businessman posted a photo with Elon Musk on social networks before he made his trip to space.