Brangelina to accompany Sir Richard Branson for space flight
London, July 12 (ANI): Sir Richard Branson will be accompanied by 529 other passengers for a space trip next year, including Hollywood celebrity couple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.
Branson has announced that he and his children will be the first passengers when the Virgin Galactic space tourism programme begins.
The 61-year-old Virgin boss and son Sam and daughter Holly are expected to be flying 60 miles up into space on the SpaceShipTwo (SS2) aircraft by the end of next year.
At Farnborough Air Show, Branson joined around 120 other tourists who have signed up for the two-hour flights, at 128,000 pounds a trip - a total of 529 guests have already signed up.
As the travellers and Branson posed beside a replica of SS2, Branson also announced that the WhiteKnightTwo aircraft that will help launch SS2 into space will also be used for a new launch vehicle - LauncherOne - which will be taking small satellites into space for around a tenth of the present cost.
Branson and other passengers will be able to float around the cabin due to weightlessness before the SS2 effectively becomes a glider for its return to the spaceport.
Virgin Galactic announced that a total of 529 people - including, it is believed, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - have signed up for the space trip.
"Next year Holly and Sam will be joining me for a first voyage into space," the Daily Mail quoted Branson as telling the media at Farnborough.
"Going into space is a hard business. It keeps my mind buzzing," he said.
He also added that he would have loved to have taken WhiteKnightTwo and SS2 to Farnborough. (ANI)
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