The “war” between Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson continues to rage to see who conquers the huge commercial space tourism market. The truth is that Richard Branson was the first to reach space and finds himself at the front of the race for the space tourism market.
His fellow billionaire Elon Musk seems to be on the side of the British businessman and his Virgin Galactic venture, so much so that Musk plans to travel on Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spacecraft, not Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin.
Musk, the SpaceX CEO who plans to colonize Mars someday and make humans a multiplanet species, seems to have staked Branson’s success even before Branson had traveled to the edge of space.
Richard Branson flew the maiden flight to zero gravity for a few minutes and returned to Earth on Sunday. He hopes the flight’s success will boost demand for tickets on future flights when the company starts commercial operations next year.
Elon Musk and Richard Branson are known to be friends, while Musk and Bezos share an icy relationship.
Hours before Branson’s flight, Musk said he would be there to wish him the best and say goodbye.
Elon Musk kept his word as Richard Branson prepared to make his flight on Sunday, Richard Branson took a photograph that showed him and Musk at their home. “Big day ahead. Great for starting the morning with a great friend, I’m feeling good, excited, and more than ready for the trip,” he said.
Bezos is scheduled to fly his ship New Shepard on July 20th. Meanwhile, his space tourism company, Blue Origin, launched a marketing campaign to discredit Virgin Galactic’s space ambitions as an amateur effort.
Blue Origin de Bezos said that only its rocket would be able to carry tourists beyond the Karman line.
The truth is that despite the exchanges of words between Blue Origin of Bezos and Virgin Galactic of Richard Branson, Elon Musk does not change his mind and has already stated that he will make the much desired trip on Virgin Galactic by Richard Branson.