For Virgin Galactic and its competitor Blue Origin, the journey to passenger space travel has been a long one.

Richard Branson The path into space turned out to be a little longer and more roundabout than he had expected.

The billionaire founder of the Virgin Group is set to make his fourth manned Virgin Galactic space flight on Sunday (July 11). SpaceShipTwo a suborbital vehicle, which the company plans to fully commission early next year.

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