SpaceX’s Elon Musk and celebrities cheer on Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 launch (video)

Update for five p.m. EDT: SpaceX founder Elon Musk is seemingly impressed by Virgin Galactic’s successful launch today. “Congratulations, beautiful flight!” Musk wrote to Virgin Galactic on Twitter. 


Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder Richard Branson, who’s poised to launch into space as we speak (July 11) as a part of Unity 22 crew acquired finest needs for his flight from SpaceX founder Elon Musk.

Musk apparently joined the Virgin Galactic founder this morning because the space tourism firm ready to (*22*) and a crew of 5 on a suborbital spaceflight no sooner than 10:30 a.m. EDT (1430) GMT. The launch of SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity and its service plane, VMS Eve, had been delayed 90 minutes by dangerous climate for his or her launch window from Spaceport America about 55 miles (88 kilometers) north of Las Cruces, New Mexico.

You can watch Virgin Galactic’s launch live here and on the Space.com homepage, in addition to instantly from the spaceflight firm’s website and YouTube page

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“Big day ahead. Great to start the morning with a friend. Feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready,” Branson tweeted, exhibiting himself standing in a kitchen alongside Musk — who was sporting an Apollo shirt. Branson has stated the Apollo 11 touchdown of 1969 was what impressed him to start out Virgin Galactic in 2004.

Yesterday, Branson thanked Musk for being “so typically supportive and such a good good friend” on Twitter and stated he was wanting ahead to seeing the SpaceX CEO in Spaceport America.

“Will see you there to wish the best,” Musk replied. And then as we speak: “Godspeed!”

Musk, who can also be taking pictures to ship wealthy space vacationers into space, seems way more supportive than Virgin Galactic competitor Blue Origin, which despatched a critical Twitter infographic out on Friday (July 9) throwing shade at quite a few options of the forthcoming SpaceShipTwo flight.

The infographic and accompanying textual content significantly targeted on Unity’s plan to fly below the Kármán line that worldwide authorities say delineates space, usually interpreted at 62 miles (100 km). That stated, Virgin Galactic’s previous flights have at all times flown effectively above 50 miles (80 km) in altitude, the space demarcation line adopted by NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. navy.

The SpaceX founder wasn’t the one well-wisher for Branson’s spaceflight. Virgin Galactic additionally launched a compilation Twitter video Saturday (July 10) exhibiting a roster of celebrities saying good issues. (As they did not label the celebrities, it is also a enjoyable take a look at of popular culture to see what number of of them are you able to acknowledge.)

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“I’m going to be watching you guys make history,” stated American singer-songwriter Janet Jackson within the video, who is likely one of the world’s best-selling artists in music.

“You’ve dreamt of it for most of your life,” added British actor Kate Winslet, whose technology of performances have earned her accolades together with an Academy Award and 4 Golden Globe Awards. In 2012, media studies indicated Winslet obtained a comped ticket for a Virgin Galactic flight. “Go forth and conquer,” she added.

Also anticipating the launch are are singer-songwriter Khalid — whose debut 2017 album “American Teen” obtained double platinum standing from the Recording Industry Association of America — and comic Stephen Colbert, who’s a long-time space fan well-known for selling NASA initiatives on his reveals (and who additionally as soon as had an agency space treadmill named after him.) Colbert is internet hosting Virgin Galactic’s webcast of as we speak’s launch, whereas Khalid will debut his new single “New Normal” after the launch.

Branson based Virgin Galactic in 2004 to make a personal spaceliner to fly paying passengers into space. Its present flagship, SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity, has a most capability of eight folks, together with two pilots and six passengers. The firm goals to start launching clients in 2022, with tickets promoting for $250,000 apiece. 

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