BILLIONAIRE Richard Branson is about to blast off to the edge of space – before a safe return to Earth.
But when will the tech mogul take off with Virgin Galactic, and how can you watch it live?
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When is Richard Branson Virgin Galactic space launch?
Sir Richard’s space tourism firm Virgin Galactic will be flying its boss to space on July 11.
The British billionaire will be taking off with three Virgin Galactic mission specialists: Chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses, lead operations engineer Colin Bennett, and government affairs VP Sirisha Bandla.
Branson’s “Unity 22” mission will liftoff from Virgin Galactic’s spaceport in the New Mexico desert on July 11, according to the company.
We’re expecting blast-off at 9:00 am ET (2:00 pm BST).
But that could change last minute if weather conditions are deemed unfavourable in the lead up to launch.
How to watch Richard Branson Virgin Galactic space launch live
For the first time, Virgin Galactic will livestream the test flight for people to watch along at home.
You can also follow along with the latest using our Richard Branson liveblog.
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