Jeff Bezos successful beforehand of Blue Origin's abstraction capsule
Dubbed nan 'NewSpace' set, Jeff Bezos, Sir Richard Branson and Elon Musk each opportunity they were inspired by nan first satellite landing successful 1969, erstwhile nan US hit nan Soviet Union successful nan abstraction race, and location is nary uncertainty really overmuch it would mean to each of them to triumph nan 'new abstraction race'.
Amazon laminitis Bezos had looked group to beryllium nan first of nan 3 to alert to space, having announced plans to motorboat aboard his abstraction institution Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft connected July 20, but Branson hit him to nan punch.
The British billionaire became Virgin Galactic Astronaut 001 erstwhile he made it to abstraction connected a suborbital formation 9 days earlier Bezos - connected July 11 successful a trial flight.
Bezos travelled to abstraction connected July 20 pinch his younger relative Mark, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old physics student whose dada purchased his ticket, and pioneering female astronaut Wally Funk, 82.
Although SpaceX and Tesla laminitis Musk has said he wants to spell into space, and moreover 'die connected Mars', he has not said erstwhile he mightiness blast into orbit - but has purchased a summons pinch Virgin Galactic for a suborbital flight.
SpaceX became nan first of nan 'space tourism' operators to nonstop a afloat civilian unit into orbit, pinch nan Inspiration4 ngo funded by billionaire Jared Isaacman.
His formation was connected a Dragon capsule and SpaceX rocket built by space-obsessed billionaire, Elon Musk and took disconnected for nan 3 time orbital travel connected September 16 - going higher than nan International Space Station.
SpaceX appears to beryllium starring nan measurement successful nan broader billionaire abstraction title pinch galore launches carrying NASA instrumentality to nan ISS and partnerships to nonstop visitors to abstraction by 2021.
On February 6 2018, SpaceX sent rocket towards nan orbit of Mars, 140 cardinal miles away, pinch Musk's own red Tesla roadster attached.
Elon Musk pinch his Dragon Crew capsule
SpaceX has besides taken 2 groups of astronauts to nan |International Space Station, pinch unit from NASA, ESA and JAXA, nan Japanese abstraction agency.
SpaceX has been sending batches of 60 satellites into abstraction to thief shape its Starlink network, which is already successful beta and providing accelerated net to agrarian areas.
Branson and Virgin Galactic are taking a different attack to conquering space. It has repeatedly, and successfully, conducted trial flights of the Virgin Galactic's Unity abstraction plane.
The first took spot successful December 2018 and nan latest connected May 22, pinch the flight accelerating to much than 2,000 miles per hr (Mach 2.7).
More than 600 able customers to date, including celebrities Brad Pitt and Katy Perry, person reserved a $250,000 (£200,000) spot connected 1 of Virgin's abstraction trips. The last tickets are expected to costs $350,000.
Branson has antecedently said he expects Elon Musk to triumph nan title to Mars pinch his backstage rocket patient SpaceX.
Richard Branson pinch nan Virgin Galactic craft
SpaceShipTwo tin transportation six passengers and 2 pilots. Each rider gets nan aforesaid seating position pinch 2 ample windows - 1 to nan broadside and 1 overhead.
The abstraction vessel is 60ft agelong pinch a 90inch diameter compartment allowing maximum room for nan astronauts to float successful zero gravity.
It climbs to 50,000ft earlier nan rocket motor ignites. SpaceShipTwo separates from its bearer craft, White Knight II, erstwhile it has passed nan 50-mile mark.
Passengers go 'astronauts' erstwhile they scope nan Karman line, nan bound of Earth's atmosphere.
The spaceship will past make a suborbital travel pinch astir six minutes of weightlessness, pinch nan full formation lasting astir 1.5 hours.
Bezos revealed successful April 2017 that he finances Blue Origin pinch astir $1 cardinal (£720 million) of Amazon banal each year.
The strategy consists of a pressurised unit capsule atop a reusable 'New Shepard' booster rocket.
At its peak, nan capsule reached 65 miles (104 kilometres), conscionable supra nan charismatic period for abstraction and landed vertically 7 minutes aft liftoff.
Blue Origin are moving connected New Glenn, nan adjacent procreation dense assistance rocket, that will compete pinch nan SpaceX Falcon 9.