Virgin Galactic is weeks away from sending one of its rockets into space for the first time, according to founder and chairman Sir Richard Branson. He said his space tourism firm will carry passengers beyond orbit “not too long after” that. Sir Richard is in a race with SpaceX founder Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to be the first to send paying tourists into space. Virgin Galactic, which is charging $250,000 for a spot on one of its commercial flights, has previously said it would send passengers to space in 2019. But Sir Richard has a long history of underestimating the time it takes his firm to get test flights into the air, and the company has repeatedly missed his lofty targets.
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