Sir Richard Branson has mentioned he’s present process astronaut coaching and is simply months away from being catapulted into house.
The 67-year-old Virgin boss has set his sights on turning business house journey right into a actuality since he based Virgin Galactic and hopes to be among the many first house vacationers.
“We’re speaking about months not years – so it is shut. There are thrilling instances forward,” he advised BBC Radio four’s You And Yours, to be broadcast on Monday.
“I am going for astronaut coaching, I am going for health coaching, centrifuge and different coaching in order that my physique will hopefully cope properly after I go to house.”
He mentioned he has elevated his health coaching by enjoying tennis 4 instances a day.
“As a substitute of doing one set of tennis each morning and each night I am doing two units. I am going kiting and biking – doing no matter it takes to make me as match as attainable.”
Sir Richard can be collaborating in gruelling centrifuge coaching which recreates the pressures the human physique experiences throughout house flight.
All astronauts endure G-force coaching which simulates the expertise of take-off and journey by way of the earth’s environment.
Earlier this yr Virgin Galactic accomplished a supersonic take a look at flight of its SpaceShipTwo passenger rocket ship.
It was the primary return to the air for the corporate since a crash within the Californian desert in 2014 during which one pilot was killed and one other was injured.
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Sir Richard, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos are in a race to get vacationers into house.
Whereas Sir Richard believes Mr Musk is “doing fantastically properly” in getting cargo into house and constructing greater and larger rockets, the true tussle is between the Virgin boss and Mr Bezos.
“I believe we’re each (Sir Richard and Mr Bezos) neck and neck as to who will put individuals into house first,” he mentioned.
“In the end we have now to do it safely. It is extra a race with ourselves to verify we have now the craft which are protected to place individuals up there.”