Elon Musk buys ticket on Sir Richard Branson’s space flight – report

Mr Musk paid a 10,000-dollar (₤ 7,000) deposit to book a seat. No day for his flight has been specified.

Elon Musk has bought a ticket on one of rival billionaire Sir Richard Branson's spacecraf trips, according to a newspaper report.

Sir Richard will certainly come to be the first owner-astronaut to participate in an objective, defeating Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who intends to get to room in his very own rocket-- via his Blue Origin company-- in nine days' time.

As Sir Richard prepares to fly on Virgin Galactic's first completely crewed trip to the side of space on Sunday from New Mexico, The Sunday Times claims Mr Musk-- who possesses rival exploration firm SpaceX-- has actually paid for a seat on a future Virgin voyage.

Amidst what has actually been called the billionaires' room race, SpaceX has actually launched loads of rockets, consisting of manned trips, but Mr Musk himself has not yet flown on any type of. The business results from release its very first completely exclusive spaceflight in the autumn.

Vacationers are anticipated to pay some 250,000 bucks (₤ 180,000) for a spaceflight on Virgin Galactic, that includes 4 mins of zero gravity.

"Elon's a close friend and also maybe I'll travel on one of his ships one day," he said.

Sir Richard confirmed the acquisition in a meeting with The Sunday Times, claiming he may reciprocate by reserving a ticket on a SpaceX flight in the future.