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FDN Life Magazine Issue 10 (July-Dec 2021) - Branson Beats Musk & Bezos to Space in Unity22 Spacecraft - A New Dawn in Space Travel is Here!

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Fully-First Manned Spaceflight by Private Company

Branson Beats Musk & Bezos To It!
In Spacecraft Unity22

BRANSON DOES IT! > A NEW DAWN IN SPACE TRAVEL BRANSON BEATS MUSK & BEZOS TO IT! IN SPACECRAFT UNITY2 - SPACE TRAVEL - SPACE TOURISM

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FDN Life Magazine Issue 10 (July-Dec 2021) - Branson Does It! First Manned Space Flight by private company to space. space travel.
ALL Photos CREIDT: Virgin Galactic

As the sun starts to rise, casting its yellow, orange, and red tentacles across the Jornada del Muerto desert basin, a man on a bicycle makes his way to Spaceport America. The first purpose-built commercial spaceport in the world. It lies 72-kilometres north of Las Cruces (New Mexico) and spreads approximately 6,992-hectares (27-square miles) across into the desert. An out of this world sight to behold.

<b>BRANSON DOES IT!</b> > <br>Fully-First Manned Spaceflight by Private Company 1When Sir Richard Branson pulls up into Spaceport, his fellow crew-members greets and whisks him away to get suited up for perhaps the most historical moment of his life. The first-ever, fully-crewed spaceflight by a private company. Beating Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to it.

FDN Life Magazine Issue 10 (July-Dec 2021) - Branson Does It! First Manned Space Flight by private company to space. Branson signs Astronaut Logbook.FDN Life Magazine Issue 10 (July-Dec 2021) - Branson Does It! First Manned Space Flight by private company to space. Beth Moses signs Astronaut Logbook.

In one of the most awe-inspiring moments pre-flight, Branson and the team sign the Astronaut Logbook.

“The name’s Branson. Sir Richard Branson. Astronaut zero-zero-one. License to thrill,” says Branson.

“Astronaut 002. Beth Moses,” says Moses. Followed by Colin Bennett (Astronaut 003), and Shirisha Bandla (Astronaut 004), the third Indian woman to fly into space.

 

THE TEAM

FDN Life Magazine Issue 10 (July-Dec 2021) - The Unity22 Crew: Dave Mackay (Chief Pilot), Colin Bennet (Lead Operations Engineer), Beth Moses (Chief Astronaut Instructor), Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Founder), Shirisha Bandla (Vice-President of Government Affairs & Research Operations), and Michael Masucci (Lead Pilot Trainer). (Photo Credit: Virgin Galactic)
PHOTO: Virgin Galactic

Left to right:

  • Dave Mackay (Chief Pilot)
  • Colin Bennet (Lead Operations Engineer)
  • Beth Moses (Chief Astronaut Instructor)
  • Sir Richard Branson (Virgin Founder)
  • Shirisha Bandla (Vice-President of Government Affairs & Research Operations)
  • Michael Masucci (Lead Pilot Trainer)

MOTHERSHIP EVE & UNITY
TAKE TO THE SKIES

VIDEO: WATCH THE UNITY GO TO SPACE

The spaceflight system, comprising of mothership Eve, (named for Branson’s mother), and spaceship, Unity, is towed out onto the runway, taking flight moments later. Spaceship Unity was named by the late, Steven Hawking as he said it would be the spaceship that would unite the world. Watch the rest of events unfold in the video above.

Well done Virgin Galactic Team!
You’ve earned this moment in history.

BRANSON DOES IT! > A NEW DAWN IN SPACE TRAVEL BRANSON BEATS MUSK & BEZOS TO IT! IN SPACECRAFT UNITY2 - SPACE TRAVEL - SPACE TOURISM

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