Virgin Galactic CEO Sir Richard Branson spoke at a gathering of entrepreneurs last week in Helsinki, Finland. The 67-year old British businessman talked about his plans for commercial space tourism, which he says is possible by early 2018.
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Last week, veteran entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson was among the guest speakers at the 2017 Nordic Business Forum (NBF) held in Helsinki, Finland. On stage, Branson spoke about how he started his record label some 50 years ago, and went on to explain how he ended up opening his own airline company, Virgin Atlantic. Since then, Branson has been in the business of flight and he hopes to bring his passengers to space soon.
For some time now, Branson’s Virgin Galactic has been testing the capabilities of their ship, the VSS Unity, a commercial suborbital spaceplane developed in tandem with The Spaceship Company. Earlier this year, they tested the ship’s re-entry system after successfully completing a couple of solo-glide flights in 2016.
Branson said back in May that he was confident the company would be able to send their first batch of tourists into space by 2018 — a goal he reiterated during his talk. “We are hopefully about three months before we are in space, maybe six months before I’m in space,” he said, according to Business Insider.