Space, The Final Frontier for Sir Richard Branson

From Tech Digest:

Creating world-class Virgin Airlines gave Sir Richard Branson his first breath of rarefied air. Now, he’s announced a step towards commercial space travel by launching The Spaceship Company through Virgin Galactic. It’s a joint deal with aviation expert, Burt Rutan, who waltzed off with the Ansari X prize of a cool £5.6m.($10m US) last year by building the first private craft to vacate the earth’s atmosphere.

Fast forward to this week. Sir Richard has ordered 5 SpaceShipTwo craft. About 28,000 lunatics are on a waiting list to toss £115,000 on a 2-hour scrape with death into the stratosphere and 5 minutes of weightlessness. Virgin Galactic hopes to have the enterprise up and running in about two years time, ferrying up to 7 passengers on each trip. At worse, the company is hoping to push the envelope of space travel for the masses by end of the decade.

Via The Scotsman.

Posted by Gil Zeimer on July 28, 2005 in Travel

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