British entrepreneur Richard Branson said he expects his Virgin Galactic company to conduct its first space flight "within weeks, not months" in comments broadcast Tuesday.
Virgin Galactic's disaster-struck space tourism programme is apparently nearing final launch readiness, with Branson telling United States news site CNBC that: "We should be in space within weeks, not months. We're talking about months away, not years away - so it's close".
"We will be in space with people not too long after that", he added. And that'll be a legitimate offsettable business expense for professional Instagrammers, so there ought to be loads of them up flying about up there, pouting in front of small, black windows.
Virgin Galactic is "neck and neck" with Blue Origin, run by Amazon's Jeff Bezos, to provide the first commercial spaceflight, Branson said in May. The upper atmosphere is generally regarded to give way to space at an altitude of 62 miles (100km), almost twice the altitude achieved in the July test flight. In September, Musk announced his SpaceX company had sold its first ticket for a trip around the moon. Bank of America Merrill Lynch says the sector will be worth $2.7 trillion over the next 30 years.
While Sir Richard says that he will have humans in space next year, Mr Musk has set a target of 2030 to get people to Mars, with the first people there being tasked with beginning to build a new civilisation. "All that matters in the end is that everybody is safe and well".
He has undergone astronaut, fitness and centrifuge training over recent months and now believes he will be ready for his maiden space voyage in a matter of months.
Branson's quest for space travel started in 2004, when he won the rights to spacecraft technology of Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft who funded a venture that flew a vehicle past the 100-kilometre edge of space three times. But while the company has been signing up space tourists - some 800 customers have paid $250,000 for a return ticket on Virgin Galactic since the company's inception - it is yet to travel to space.
Branson's other space company, Virgin Orbit, has a contract with the Pentagon to launch "technology demonstration satellites", which it is aiming to do by 2019.
Branson hopes to have a space craft that can carry six passengers and two pilots above Earth.
It seemed the company wanted to flaunt its Motion Auto Focus feature that ensures your subjects stay as sharp as possible. On Monday, the company admitted it had exposed data on half a million accounts - and didn't disclose it for months.
The biggest concerns with Michael, therefore, are winds and storm surge. "Do not think you can survive it", Scott said. Hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 35 miles from the core and tropical-storm-force winds out 175 miles.
Now that Google doesn't have any first-party Android TV boxes, it's nice to see Xiaomi step in with an affordable option. Interestingly, the remote control accompanying the Mi Box S is where most of the obvious design changes can be found.
Charles tore his right ACL in October 2015 and was released by the Chiefs after he underwent multiple knee surgeries in 2016. He played for Kansas City until last season when he was released and signed by their division rival Denver.
Even if the judge rejects their request for a new trial , the attorneys said his sentence should be vacated and reduced. Cosby became the first celebrity of the #MeToo era to be sent to prison in what advocates called a watershed moment.
Murray's injury occurred in a preseason game against the Rockets and it was announced shortly afterward that he would need an MRI. As he was driving to the basket on a fast break, Murray went down and hit the floor, face down, as he put up a shot.
The Astros will face either the New York Yankees or the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series. Mitch Moreland was again on the bench with hamstring soreness, though Cora said he was available off the bench.
Yet the whole thing is glass now, apparently, allowing for wireless charging in the $79 Pixel Stand charger accessory. The only feature that was highlighted was an ability to shop fashion items you see and capture in the real world.
It's worth noting that even Holt indicated following Monday's game that he didn't expect to be in the lineup for Game 4. David Price suffered the loss as he surrendered three earned runs on three hits with two strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.
While these deals sometimes fall apart at the last minute, one source told Kotaku that it was merely "a matter of when, not if". According to a report published less than an hour ago by Kotaku , Microsoft is close to buying Obsidian Entertainment .
One of the biggest games on the planet is getting a retail bundle in time for the holidays, Epic Games and Warner Bros. As for the tangible contents of the Deep Freeze Bundle, one platform actually gets something physical inside the box.
Hong Kong journalist group protests FT editor’s visa denial
Journalists prepare to hand over petitions to Hong Kong's government calling for an explanation of Victor Mallet's visa refusal. An application to renew Mallet's work visa has been refused and on Sunday he was given seven days to leave Hong Kong.
Trump questions United Nations global warming report
Awesome how you can always count on supposed physical scientists to turn out to be political scientists (and economists, too ). More sustainable consumption patterns are recommended in the choices on transportation, diet and the use of household goods.
Ballon D'Or 2018: Pogba reveals his three choices
Cristiano Ronaldo headlines the latest batch of players to be announced as nominees for the 2018 Ballon d'Or by France football . Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo , who joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the summer, won last year's Ballon d'Or .
Here’s all the new hardware Google announced today
Google Pixel 3 specifications Google Pixel 3 has a 5.5-inch FHD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) flexible OLED screen with 18:9 aspect ratio. Not bad, if not a tad worrying. "You can decide whether to pick up, send a quick reply, or mark the call as spam".
Big 2018 iPad Pro details spilled in new leak
You will be able to output 4K HDR video to an external display, which will work through the USB-C port at the bottom. The 2018 iPad Pros will have thin bezels that will be wide enough to accommodate the Face ID camera.
Watch 2018 American Music Awards live stream online
Additionally, several of gospel and R&B's heaviest hitters will assemble for what's sure to be a touching Aretha Franklin tribute. This year's AMAs are once again hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross , star of ABC's sitcom Black-ish.
Elliott Pulls Out A Victory In Dover Cup Race
And after Harvick's misfortune, teammate Aric Almirola was in prime position to win until late pit strategy turned the tables. Coincidentally, in the July race at New Hampshire, Bowyer also caused the final caution when Almirola had a good-sized lead.
Return to Pandora with Borderlands 2 VR
There's no word on whether or not " Borderlands 2 VR" will touch down on another VR platform in the future. Pre-orders will give people a PlayStation 4 dynamic home theme featuring Axton, Maya, Salvador, and Zer0.
Alan Jones has a win against Opera House CEO's horse race policy
The NSW Premier has defended her controversial decision to allow The Everest horse race to be promoted on the Sydney Opera House. The NSW government's decision to allowed the ad to be projected on the world heritage-listed site has been met with criticism.