Two years ago, we touched on some ambitious efforts to reach Mars. Notably, we reported on the astonishing undertaking of Mars One, a Dutch nonprofit that for years has been talking about developing a colony on the Red Planet. We also noted how English business magnate Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic Airlines in 2004. The company plans to offer commercial spaceflights for a measly $200,000. The bombastic billionaire himself has not yet made it to outer space, but that may soon change.

The 68-year-old multibillionaire is confident that Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft will breach the Kármán line this year. Sir Branson told CNBC that Virgin Galactic will soon be in space, and that he will be — for obvious reasons — one of the first people to venture out of the planet courtesy of the 14-year-old company.

“It will be something like two or three more flights before we’re actually in space,” Branson told CNBC back in May right after Virgin Galactic’s second test flight. He added that these developments are “a tremendous step in the right direction toward accomplishing our goals,” before emphasizing that they are taking “a step-by-step cautious approach” to ensure that everything is truly good to go.

But Sir Branson is not the only billionaire fully invested in the race to space. Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is also involved, as is tech titan Elon Musk. The latter, in fact, is in the midst of his SpaceX program, whose aim is to fly people to the moon. Branson according to Mashable, is a likely candidate for the ambitions space program. The Tesla co-founder and CEO did admit that his mystery passengers know one another and have each “put down a hefty deposit” to be part of the project. Another likely candidate is James Cameron, the deep-pocketed director extraordinaire who has already reportedly paid rival firm, Space Adventures, over $100 million for a flight around the moon.

Cameron, of course, helmed two of the highest grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar, and he is known for his passion for deep sea exploration, space, and science. Titanic in particular, still resonates even today, with various companies still riding the coattails of the film’s unprecedented popularity. Cameron’s film introduced a whole generation to possibilities of exploring the unknown, and this has led to people visiting the Titanic wreck in tourist dives. The film is still inspiring people in the modern era through digital media. Cameron, of course, helmed two of the highest grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar, and he is known for his passion for deep-sea exploration, space, and science. Titanic in particular, still resonates even today, with various companies still riding the coattails of the film’s unprecedented popularity. Cameron’s film introduced a whole generation to possibilities of exploring the unknown, and this has led to people visiting the Titanic wreck in tourist dives. The film is still connecting with people in the modern era through digital media. FoxyCasino has a dedicated Titanic game that has introduced a generation of online gamers to the Oscar winning epic. But more than being a renowned director, Cameron is also known for his work in saving the high seas, a commitment that he shares with Sir Branson. The two even penned an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times urging then US president Barack Obama to support an international agreement to modernize governance of the high seas.

From all indications, 2018 could be an eventful year for Sir Branson, as he may well fulfill his long-time dream of flying to space. He his first step into space will be a big one for the future of public space travel.