Last week, Richard Astonaut, Virgin Galactic, will send astronauts to Gabon.
The billionaire says the company's "quite confident" spacecraft can achieve this milestone in an interview at the end of the year at CNN's 30th business.
"We have a great team of astronauts who believe in 100% of the literal project, and they all give it to it," he said.
The entrepreneur has said the rider will make the first riders of the riders without tourists. He will be the first passenger, he added.
Still, many people offer $ 200,000 and $ 250,000 in the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo.
"I do not accept it until [test pilots] They broke several times, first of all, "he told the Branson business news network." [first] flight, though [pilots] They are very brave. "
Of course, this is not the first time Branson anticipates this achievement, before he can fall.
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He initially said that the flight of the company's maiden fleet was launched for 2009, the date it pushed for technical challenges several times.
Virgin Galactic competes against Elon Musk in SpaceX and Jeff Bezos as "Blue Origins" in private space in space. Some analysts believe the space economy is worth $ 1 trillion.
NASA said SpaceX has said that several private companies will be key to future exploration exploration. Musk has warned that "drinking and drinking is not inspiring".
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"If you are putting all kinds of security into space," said Branson. "Therefore, nobody of us will be the first race".
But, he added, "Virgin Galactic will be the first."
"Elon did some great things. We want to do some extra things. Jeff, I'm sure, will do extra things," said Branson. "The demand for space travel, whether it's satellites or not, is to enter people into space, it's horrible … So exciting times."