At the moment, a race to the space is going on. The race to be the first to reach space and to take visitors there as well. The race’s participants are among the world’s richest individuals, including Richard Branson, the Virgin Group’s founder, and Jeff Bezos, the Amazon Group’s CEO.
These people have given rise to large space organisations in their effort to win the space race. Virgin Galactic is an US based spaceflight corporation founded by Richard Branson with the goal of providing space tourist services. Jeff Bezos, on the other hand, controls Blue Origins, another US based American privately financed aerospace manufacturing company that seeks to provide sub orbit space-flight services. Recently, Richard Branson flew sooner than Jeff Bezos, on July 16, 2021, on board a Virgin Galactic ship, followed by Jeff Bezos’ rocket which flew on July 20, 2021.
Both of them spent several years realizing their ambition of reaching space. In the year 2000, Blue Origin was founded, and Virgin Galactic was founded in the year 2004. After almost 2 decades of hard work, these corporations are nearly ready to do what they were made for and this is a proud moment for them. Critics, on the other hand, are dissatisfied with these advances, claiming that these millionaires might have focused their time and money on more useful endeavours on our planet.
However, there is another billionaire interested in the space race who is much more ambitious. This man is Elon Musk. In 2018, Musk’s Orbit Exploration Corporation sent out a Tesla Roadster vehicle towards space placed on the top of a Falcon rocket, with a dummy of a Starman driving it. Musk’s next ambition is to send humans to Mars. If Branson and Bejos choose to compete with Musk, they’ll have to step up their game.