Richard Branson is aiming to get humans into space even earlier than fellow entrepreneur Elon Musk. The founder of Virgin Galactic said Friday that he’s “pretty confident” he’ll be able to launch astronauts into space before December 25. But even if he is able to put the plan into fruition, the end result still won’t be exactly what you’ve come to expect from SpaceX’s previous uncrewed launches.

Branson’s space tourism company eventually plans on sending customers into orbit aboard its SpaceShipTwo, also known as VSS Unity, a spaceplane where a seat costs you $250,000. But before that happens, astronauts will conduct a test flight to ensure it’s ready for the public before the year is up.

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