First it was billionaire, Virgin Group owner, and entrepreneur Richard Branson who successfully blasted off into outer space on his Virgin Galactic Spaceship. And then it was billionaire and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos who did the same nine days later, but on his Blue Origin spacecraft called the New Shepard rocket. It’s been quite an extraordinary few days for these billionaires—not many people can say they went to outer space, right? Well, hold that thought.
Why Did Billionaires Go To Space?
The reason why these billionaires blasted off into outer space is to show that spaceflight is something that should and will be accessible to ordinary people like us one day. Sure, but for now, a ticket to space will cost you a pretty penny, so only those who can afford it will experience that out-of-this-world feeling.
If you had the opportunity to travel on one of these spacecraft, which one would you choose?
Before you decide, check out what makes each of these—as well as Elon Musk’s SpaceX—spaceflight experiences unique!
Richard Branson promises to take regular people into space on the Virgin Galactic spacecraft named SpaceShipTwo Unity for $250,000. This spacecraft will be launched into space by the company’s turbo jet and will carry six passengers for about ninety minutes.
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin charges $200,000 and the spacecraft has six observation windows, which happen to be the largest ever used in space! The spacecraft takes six passengers and the trip lasts for about ten minutes.
Finally, Elon Musk’s SpaceX has an unnamed price tag, and will launch the spacecraft atop a Falcon rocket. The ride takes about three days and will carry up to seven people.