WATCH: Branson and Musk flying #SpaceTravel dreams

2018-02-16 11:30 - Kavitha Pillay
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Cape Town - Just when we think Airbus is the most-advanced flying technology out there, entrepreneurs and pioneers in the travel industry, Richard Branson and Elon Musk, take things up a level (or a few atmospheric levels) with inventions that redefine travel beyond Earth's surface.

Musk's spaceflight company, SpaceX, recently sent the Falcon Heavy on its maiden voyage into space. It is said to be "a historic test flight that also sent a car toward Mars", with the rocket's three first-stage boosters expected to return to Earth and land.

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However, Musk confirmed that the rocket's core booster crashed. According to, two side boosters landed successfully on twin pads at the nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, but the centre core crashed and burned

But will this stop Musk from moving forward into space exploration, re-inventing current rockets and planning bigger and better projects to explore beyond Earth's surface?

We know nothing will stop him.

In fact, he took to Twitter to explain what went wrong and casually expressed how it's fixable.

SpaceX develops and launches advanced rockets and spacecrafts, forming part of the corner stone of Musk's legacy and life's work. The increased developments in rocket engineering have resulted in his ambition to travel to Mars by 2023. 

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According to Musk, SpaceX is also building a new drone ship for rocket landings at sea.

See footage of the Falcon heavy test flight:

While Musk is constantly working towards achieving new goals in space travel, Branson is aiming for space travel that redefines space and time. 

His Virgin Galactic recently conducted a glide test of its space tourism rocket plane which proved to be a success, and nearly reached the speed of sound.

SEE: PICS: Virgin Galactic conducts 7th glide test of spacecraft

Now, he is pushing the boundaries of travel on Earth even further and told Bloomberg Television that he hopes that supersonic travel will make a comeback in the next few years, allowing people to travel "around the world in next to no time" and in a "relatively environmentally friendly way".

Flying at twice the speed of sound

According to Travel and Leisure, Virgin Galactic partnered with Boom Technology Inc. to work on jets that could get passengers from New York to London in 3.5 hours – that's 2.6 times faster than current airplanes and twice the speed of sound.

"A lot of people are excited about the prospects for supersonic travel and I’m no exception," he says in a statement, adding that he is delighted to work with Boom Supersonic to achieve that.

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"Supersonic travel for both cargo and humans will result in many exciting and efficient benefits," says Branson, adding that this innovation "will change the future of transportation and the future of how we do business".

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