Richard Branson launches into space on Virgin Galactic

English business magnate Richard Branson launched into space on a spaceplane created by his company Virgin Galactic on Sunday morning. 

The highly anticipated launch, from Virgin Galactic’s Spaceport America in New Mexico, was slightly delayed on Sunday morning due to weather. 

The spacecraft, carrying Branson and five other occupants, has been dubbed SpaceShipTwo Unity and will carry the group to the 50-mile altitude that the Federal Aviation Administration recognizes as the edge of space, according to The Washington Post. 


Several other wealthy business owners, including Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosHealth risks of space tourism: Is it responsible to send humans to Mars? Michael Strahan headed for space aboard next Blue Origin flight Why science and religion come together when discussing extraterrestrial life MORE and Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskHealth risks of space tourism: Is it responsible to send humans to Mars? If bitcoin is 'digital gold,' it should be taxed like gold The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay MORE, who have also expressed an interest in space travel, wished Branson well on his launch on Sunday. 

Virgin Galactic has made three test flights with a crew into space, according to The Associated Press.