Virgin Galactic

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Vir­gin Galac­tic has announced that it will team with NASA to make com­mer­cial space travel pos­si­ble. From a state­ment by Sir Richard Bran­son:

Vir­gin Galac­tic has shown in the past few years how pri­vate sec­tor invest­ment and inno­va­tion can lead to a rapid trans­for­ma­tion of stag­nant tech­nolo­gies. We are now very close to mak­ing the dream of sub-​​orbital space a real­ity for thou­sands of peo­ple at a cost and level of safety unimag­in­able even in the recent past. We know that many of those same peo­ple, includ­ing myself, would also love to take an orbital space trip in the future, so we are putting our weight behind new tech­nolo­gies that could deliver that safely whilst dri­ving down the enor­mous cur­rent costs of manned orbital flight by mil­lions of dol­lars. Today’s announce­ment is an impor­tant step along the way to achiev­ing our ulti­mate and long term goal of lead­ing an indus­try which opens up the huge poten­tial of space to every­one, whether it be for the expe­ri­ence itself, for sci­ence research, for fast and effi­cient trans­porta­tion around the globe or for deliv­er­ing pay­loads to space safely, cleanly and cheaply. We very much look for­ward to work­ing with SNC, OSC and other part­ners in the future to bring this ambi­tion to fruition.

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