You’d think Elon Musk and Richard Branson would get mad at each other when they both have them space tourism plans, but that’s not true – if anything, they are surprising friends. Virgin Galactic said Wall Street Journal u statement that Musk bought a ticket on board the company air-launched missiles. It’s not safe just where the founder of SpaceX is okay, but it’s safe to say that his ride will attract a bit of attention.
The feeling is mutual. In an interview with Sunday Times, Branson said Musk was a “friend” and suggested he could “one day” fly the SpaceX spacecraft. He even went that far tweet a photograph showing him and Muska together.
Just don’t expect such warmth and camaraderie from Jeff Bezos. Blue Origin was more than a little eager garbage-conversation Virgo on the eve of their first fully planted space flight, claiming that Branson and his team were just cleaning up the edge of space. Although the company later wished Branson a “great flight”, we would not expect Bezos and Branson to start honest conversations about coffee soon.
It’s not a complete shock for Branson and Musk to be so comfortable. As well as their personalities get along well, the two of them aren’t exactly direct competitors. Virgin Galactic is intended primarily for space tourists who are satisfied with suborbital flights Virgin Orbit it is focused on launching satellites for clothing that cannot justify expensive conventional rockets. SpaceX, meanwhile, has focused its tourism efforts on moonflies and usually carries a more expensive cargo into space. That doesn’t mean the two executives will start arguing if their business really overlaps – just don’t count on the positive vibes to last forever.
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