Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson will launch Sunday, July 11 at
9am 10:30 EST aboard the VSS Unity, the first Virgin Galactic flight to carry a full crew. The event, intended in part to show the viability of space tourism, will go full media circus, with Stephen Colbert hosting and Khalid debuting a new song at the landing site.
Jeff Bezos will launch into space later this summer. Wally Funk, one of the “Mercury Thirteen” prospective female astronauts will join that flight, setting a record for the oldest person to travel in space. SpaceX, meanwhile, continues to demonstrate more practical applications of private spaceflight.