(Reuters) – Former Virgin Galactic Holdings (NYSE 🙂 chief executive George Whitesides will fly into space on the aerospace company’s next space test flight, CNBC reported Friday.
Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Galactic, flew into space earlier this month, surpassing Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 to the last frontier. Branson announced the news about Whitesides during a party in New Mexico on July 11, following his own space flight, according to the report.
Lori Garver, a former NASA deputy administrator, was present at the party and told CNBC that Branson said, “George will lead our next flight.” (https: //
Branson, whose space flight marked a symbolic milestone for the company that started 17 years ago, touted the mission as a harbinger of a new era of space tourism.
Bezos, along with three others, including the world’s oldest astronaut and space traveler, Wally Funk, flew into space a few days later, aboard his own space company’s Blue Origin rocket.
Virgin Galactic did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
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