Virgin Galactic is preparing to send billionaire founder Richard Branson, along with a crew of five other people, aboard VSS Unity to the edge of space today, July 11. Virgin Galactic’s Unity SpaceShipTwo VSS vehicle will take off from Spaceport America near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, USA. Now the question many are asking is where can they watch all of this live.
On his Twitter manipulate, Galactic Virgo said the live broadcast will begin at 6 a.m. PT, 2 p.m. BST and 9 a.m. ET. Viewers in India can attend the launch at 6:30 p.m. IST. Virgin Galactic will air the launch on its website as well as his Youtube channel. You can also watch it below:
“The sky over the US spaceport is ready. Soon our Unity22 mission specialists will fly over New Mexico and see Earth from a whole new spectacular perspective,” tweeted Virgin Galactic.
The heavens above @Spaceport_NM are ready. Soon our # Unit22 mission specialists will fly over New Mexico and see Earth from a whole new spectacular perspective. Link in the bio to watch the launch live this Sunday at 6:00 am | 9am ET | 2:00 p.m. BST on https://t.co/5UalYT7Hjb. @New Mexico pic.twitter.com/Wzpkqw81qX
– Galactic Virgo (@virgingalactic) July 10, 2021
Branson, whose role is to evaluate the experience of future customers, in a interview Said Tuesday: “I have been looking forward to this for 17 years,” adding that while his wife was maybe a little nervous, but he was not in the least afraid. Branson’s flight into space comes just a week before he turns 71. A carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, will first take off from the runway and drop VSS Unity after reaching a height of approximately 50,000 feet (15,000 m).
At this point, the two VSS Unity pilots – Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci – will ignite its rocket engines, propelling the craft to Mach 3 above the altitude of 50 miles (80 km), which is considered the limit of space by the United States. The ship finally slides back to the original runway.
“When we come back, I will be announcing something very exciting to give more people the chance to be an astronaut,” Branson promised. He denied that there was any competition between him and the founder of Amazon. Jeff Bezos to see who goes into space first. “I just wish him [Bezos] and the people who ride with him all the best. I can’t wait to tell him about his ride when he gets back, “Branson said.” I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago, and we both wished each other good luck. “Bezos, Founder of Blue Origin , will travel to space on July 20. Bezos is one of the passengers on his company’s first suborbital sightseeing trip aboard his New Shepard spacecraft.
Sunday’s mission is expected to last around 90 minutes in total, while the “weightless” phase – when the ship reaches the top of its suborbital path – can last up to four minutes, according to a report by Espace.com.