As Sir Richard Branson ventured into space onboard Virgin Galactic's spacecraft VSS Unity, it turns out fellow billionaire Elon Musk snapped up a ticket for one of the Brit's future spaceflights, The Sunday Times reports.
In a pre-flight interview with the newspaper, Branson confirmed Musk has put down a $10,000 deposit to reserve a seat, though the exact date of the space journey remains unknown.
"Elon’s a friend and maybe I’ll travel on one of his ships one day," the Virgin boss said.
Prior to the launch, the billionaire also tweeted a photo of himself and Musk, writing in the caption that it's “great to start the morning with a friend.”
Big day ahead. Great to start the morning with a friend. Feeling good, feeling excited, feeling ready.— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) July 11, 2021
Watch #Unity22 launch and livestream TODAY at 7:30 am PT | 10:30 am ET | 3:30 pm BST.@virgingalactic @elonmusk https://t.co/1313b4RAKI pic.twitter.com/FRQqrQEbH8
According to Wall Street Journal, Branson’s spaceflight company Virgin Galactic said tickets have sold for $250,000 apiece, allegedly generating $80 million in sales and deposits.