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Sir Richard Branson plans to be the first billionaire to reach space on Sunday when his Virgin Galactic spacecraft, Unity 22, is scheduled to launch from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

The livestream will be available to watch on Virgin and will be simulcast on the Virgin Galactic TwitterYouTube, and Facebook channels. It is expected to begin at 7:00 am MDT / 9:00 am EDT on the day of the flight. The YouTube livestream is embedded below.

Editor’s note: Overnight, Virgin Galactic announced that weather delays had pushed the start of the event to 8:30 am MT. You can still tune in using the links above or the YouTube embedded video below.

Here’s what you need to know:

The flight’s four mission specialists will be:

  • Beth Moses, Chief Astronaut Instructor at Virgin Galactic. Moses will serve as cabin lead and test director in space, overseeing the safe and efficient execution of the test flight objectives.
  • Colin Bennett, Lead Operations Engineer at Virgin Galactic. Bennett will evaluate cabin equipment, procedures, and experience during both the boost phase and in the weightless environment.
  • Sirisha Bandla, Vice President of Government Affairs and Research Operations at Virgin Galactic. Bandla will be evaluating the human-tended research experience, using an experiment from the University of Florida that requires several handheld fixation tubes that will be activated at various points in the flight profile.
  • Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic. Branson will evaluate the private astronaut experience and will undergo the same training, preparation and flight as Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts. The Company will use his observations from his flight training and spaceflight experience to enhance the journey for all future astronaut customers.

The pilots for this mission are Dave Mackay and Michael Masucci flying VSS Unity, and CJ Sturckow and Kelly Latimer flying VMS Eve.

How to Watch

This live event stream from VirginGalactic is available on YouTube now. Schedule your reminder in the YouTube page.

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