Richard Branson Says He’s Going to Send People Into Space by Christmas
Billionaire Richard Branson really, really wants you to believe he’s going to send people to space—and soon. In a new interview with CNN, the Virgin Group founder now says he’s “reasonably confident” his spaceflight company can beat out competitors like Blue Origin and SpaceX with crewed trips to space before Christmas.
These folks are paying $200K to ride up, touch 'space', and ride back down.
google tells me 535 people have 'gone to space', suborbital, orbital, etc.
google tells me 18 people have died trying.
this agrees nicely with this dataset of all launch failures
So if I had a spare $200K, I'd pay that much not to go. At least until the risk is a couple of orders of magnitude less. Like less than dying in an auto accident (0.017%). So would Christa McAuliffe, in retrospect. I'd feel differently if there was some good reason for going. Christa is uncertain.
So, the question before you is: Are you fucking nuts!