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Elon Musk buys ticket for flight on Sir Richard Branson’s spaceship

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Elon Musk has reportedly bought a ticket for a flight on Sir Richard Branson’s spaceship as the rival billionaire prepares to launch to the edge of space on Sunday.

Mr Musk, owner of the space exploration company SpaceX, has paid a $10,000 deposit to reserve a seat on a future Virgin Galactic voyage, Sir Richard told The Sunday Times.

Sir Richard, who will be aboard Virgin’s first fully crewed flight when it launches from New Mexico at 2pm Sunday afternoon, confirmed the purchase in an interview with the paper – adding that he might book himself onto one of Mr Musk’s space trips in the future.

“Elon’s a friend and maybe I’ll travel on one of his ships one day,” he said.

The 70-year-old will make history when he becomes the first owner-astronaut to take part in a space mission – beating rival Jeff Bezos by nine days.

The Amazon founder had looked set to win the space race, becoming the first of the three billionaires to blast off on his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard spaceship on 20 July, until Sir Richard revealed his plans.

Mr Musk has yet to travel into space, though SpaceX has launched dozens of rockets – including manned flights.

In a video posted online ahead of the launch today, Sir Richard spoke about the powerful impact the moon landing had on him as a young person.

“I remember my dad taking me outside onto the village green and we just looked up at the moon,” he said.

“I really did think myself and other young people would one day be able to go into space.”

He said he “waited and waited” and finally announced his own plans to make a space plane in 2004.

Mr Musk has responded to a tweet from Sir Richard announcing a countdown to the space launch by writing: “Will see you there to wish you the best.”

Sir Richard replied: “Thanks for being so typically supportive and such a good friend, Elon.

“Great to be opening up space for all – safe travels and see you at Spaceport America!”

Some 600 people have already paid deposits for tickets on a future Virgin Galactic flight, which cost some $250,000 and will include four minutes of zero gravity.

Richard Branson set to blast off into space nine days before Jeff Bezos

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