In Big Middle Finger to Bezos, Richard Branson Set to Become the First Billionaire in Space

Virgin Galactic originator and tycoon Richard Branson declared Thursday he will go past the Earth’s air in an experimental drill set for July 11. On the off chance that the dispatch works out as expected, he’ll be the main tycoon in space, setting the record only nine days in front of the principal arranged spaceflight of another disgustingly rich space traveler wannabe—Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Talk about getting everyone’s attention.

“I’ve always been a dreamer,” Branson said on Twitter. “My mum taught me to never give up and to reach for the stars. On July 11, it’s time to turn that dream into a reality aboard the next Virgin Galactic spaceflight.”

Two pilots and four missions experts will go on board the VSS Unity with Branson, who will be “testing the private astronaut experience,” Virgin Galactic said in a declaration Thursday. The alleged Unity 22 mission will be the space the travel industry association’s fourth run dry run of its spaceplane and imprints a significant achievement in the competition to market travel past Earth’s climate.

“I truly believe that space belongs to all of us,” Branson said in a statement alongside the company’s announcement. “After 17 years of research, engineering and innovation, Virgin Galactic stands at the vanguard of a new commercial space industry poised to open the universe to humankind and change the world for good.”