Richard Branson will be sending Stephen Hawking into space on his Virgin Galactic.

Hawking told Good Morning Britain that “Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic, and I said yes immediately”.

Branson has been an outspoken fan of Hawking dating back to 2015 when he admitted the renowned physicist and cosmologist was someone he admired.

“Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the people I admire most in the world, an undisputed genius who has opened our eyes to the wonders of the universe, while also happening to be a kind and delightful man,” Branson said.

“He is the only person I have given a free ticket with Virgin Galactic, and he is signed up to fly as a Future Astronaut with us if his health permits it.”

The Virgin Galactic has already faced setbacks and complications but still hopes to venture into space in the near future.