Richard Branson is in a race with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to get tourists into space

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Richard Branson is in a race with Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to get tourists into space

The 67-year-old Virgin boss has set his sights on turning commercial space travel into a reality since he founded Virgin Galactic and hopes to be among the first space tourists.

'We're talking about months not years - so it's close. There are exciting times ahead,' he told BBC Radio 4's You And Yours, to be broadcast on Monday.

'I'm going for astronaut training, I'm going for fitness training, centrifuge and other training so that my body will hopefully cope well when I go to space.'