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Elon Musk pays a deposit of $10,000 to secure a seat on Virgin Galactic 

Published: 13th Jul 2021 8:00 pm

Elon Musk is gearing up to reach the edge of the space, though not on a SpaceX flight. Musk has booked a ticket on one of Virgin Galactic’s future flights to space, the company’s founder Richard Branson said.

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Musk has paid a $10,000 deposit to secure a seat on a future Virgin Galactic trip, Branson told ‘The Sunday Times’ in an interview. However, the date has not been set, he told the newspaper outlet.

“Elon is a friend and maybe I’ll travel on one of his ships one day,” the 70-year-old said.

Richard Branson, 71, became the first billionaire to reach space in the first full crew flight – Virgin Galactic VSS Unity. The flight reached over 55 miles above sea level in its VSS Unity spacecraft in a 15-minute-ride on Sunday.

The space company also aims to begin flying tourists to the edge of space in 2022.

A ticket for a one-hour trip on Virgin Galactic’s space plane costs $250,000 – including the training and a spacesuit. Around 600 people from across 58 countries have already reserved a ticket on VVS Unity, including the celebrities such as Tom Hanks, Justin Bieber, and Lady Gaga.

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