July is set to be an action packed month in Space. In addition to Seraphim Space Investment Trust IPO launch on the LSE on the 14th, billionaires and founders of Virgin Galactic and Blue Origins, Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos are planning to rocket into space. If successful, these test flights will change human space flight forever and usher in a new era of space tourism. Here is an article from Forbes outlining the space race between Branson and Bezos and their plans to transform human space flight in the weeks ahead.
After myriad false starts, it’s looking increasing like July 2021 will herald not only the beginning of the era of space tourism, but also bring a competitor to SpaceX in the business of taking astronauts into low-Earth orbit. July will see —probably in this order—Sir Richard Branson, then Jeff Bezos take sub-orbital flights above the Kármán Line to the edge of space (about 62 miles/100km up) in their respective private spacecraft, before Boeing’s “Starliner” attempts to pass NASA’s tests to take its astronauts to space.