In a newspaper interview Richard Branson today claimed that Virgin Galactic is “just three months away from having a fully-functioning rocket that is capable of taking passengers into orbit.”


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In a newspaper interview Richard Branson today claimed that Virgin Galactic is “just three months away from having a fully-functioning rocket that is capable of taking passengers into orbit.”

At this moment I am sadly very skeptical. The company has only done two powered flights of SpaceShipTwo, and the highest it has gone is about 70,000 feet. To make it fully-functioning, they need to fly it 70 miles high. And the rumors about their engine problems suggest they won’t be able to do this until next year, at the soonest.

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  • Edward

    Branson may be trying to reassure his investors or the customers who have already paid deposits.

    Or he may know something that the rest of us don’t, but it seems to me that three months is a short timeframe to complete a test program that assures a safely working space system.

    I admire his enthusiasm and his willingness to pioneer an exciting new phase in manned space. I expect him to be successful, even if it takes longer than three months.

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