Elon Musk Bought His Ticket For Richard Branson’s Spaceship When He Could Least Afford It

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Elon Musk Bought His Ticket For Richard Branson’s Spaceship When He Could Least Afford It

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Elon Musk Bought His Ticket For Richard Branson’s Spaceship When He Could Least Afford It

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Richard Branson’s journey to the edge of space this weekend won cheers from Jeff Bezos, Janet Jackson--and Elon Musk. The SpaceX founder congratulated Branson for a “beautiful flight!” from a prime position at Spaceport America in New Mexico. The respect is mutual: on Sunday, Branson revealed to London’s Times his rival is actually a customer: Musk has purchased a ticket on one of Branson’s future spaceflights.

In fact, it turns out Musk was one of Branson’s earliest backers. He bought his ticket on Virgin Galatic all the way back in 2006, according to a former Virgin Galactic executive. slot

“Elon Musk has a Galactic ticket,” Will Whitehorn—who served as president of Galactic from 2004 to 2010, and is now president of U.K. Space, the industry trade association—told Forbes on Friday. “I know because I sold it to him.”

The deposit—which came four years after Musk founded SpaceX—would have set Musk back about $250,000, if he paid the going rate. Chump change for the world’s third richest person today, but a decent chunk for the Elon Musk of 2006.

Musk bought his ticket during a period that would make or break SpaceX. The first of its three failed Falcon 1 launches happened in 2006 before success in 2008, and to this day Musk talks of that period as being highly precarious–“the last money that we had,” he said at an event in 2017, reported by CNBC.

Musk’s deposit entitles him to a seat on a Virgin Galactic space plane which currently has capacity for eight people, six passengers and two pilots. Virgin Galactic–which has often pushed back its time frame estimates–has said it wants to start flying paying customers in 2022.

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Re: Elon Musk Bought His Ticket For Richard Branson’s Spaceship When He Could Least Afford It

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