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The battle of the space billionaires heats up-

• by Mark Prigg

Blue Origin successfully flew its space tourism passenger capsule for the first time last week

Richard Branson has claimed he will go on a trip to space with Virgin Galactic within the next six months

Elon Musk's SpaceX hopes to send its first astronauts to the International Space Station next year

The battle of the billionaires between Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Richard Branson looks set to finally blast its first passengers into space next year.

Speaking at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference in Colorado, Jeff Ashby, a former NASA astronaut who is director of safety and mission assurance for Jeff Bezos' space firm Blue Origin, said the firm is now 'a year out' from human flights.