Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos both want to be the first to make commercial space travel so special. And it seems that Branson is eager to personally take the Amazon billionaire into space.
Branson told BBC Radio 4 over the weekend that he has completed a variety of training sessions, including astronaut training, fitness training, and centrifuges to help his body "hopefully get on well". As part of his education, he doubles his tennis playing at four sets per day. Branson is reportedly hoping to become an astronaut with his company Virgin Galactic within 12 months.
Branson told the BBC that he and Bezos were "head to head" as to who would bring people into space first. But, he added, "they sure have to do it," calling them a "race with ourselves" to make sure everyone builds a shuttle that's safe enough to send people into space.
Branson added that commercial space travel is "months, not years away," "exciting times ahead."
Bezos hopes to be able to offer suborbital space tourism flights from 201
" Not too distant future – I speak of decades, perhaps 100 years, it will be easier to do many of the things that we are currently doing on Earth in space, because we will do it so much energy, "Bezos told the audience. We will have to leave this planet. We will leave it and it will make this planet better. "
Bezos claimed that" this is not something we could do; that's something we have to do to call "the alternative" stasis.
Despite his high ambitions, however, Bezos acknowledged that the exploration and, ultimately, the resolution of the moon "are not done by one company", the desire to work with NASA or the European Space Agency, but said it would eventually " Need thousands of companies that work together over many decades "