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New SpaceShipTwo first flight delayed until 2016

In the heat of competion: Virgin Galactic has now conceded that there will not be any test flights of their new SpaceShipTwo ship in 2015.

The company is now promising that commercial flights will follow the 2016 test program in 2017. Wanna bet?

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • Willi Kusche

    No clouds in your crystal ball on this one!

  • pzatchok

    If its still using a hybrid engine it will never carry a paying passenger.

  • Edward

    Doug Messier’s article was not so optimistic, either.

    I suspect that Virgin Galactic will use their original fuel — allowing only the disappointing 50-mile altitude — and continue experimenting with other fuels or engines so that later they can get to higher, more desirable altitudes. They seem to be under a lot of pressure from financiers and passengers to get a safe ride operational sooner rather than later, and using the disappointing — but understood — fuel would be the best and safest option, right now.

    Whether they can finish their test regimen inside of 12 months is a good question, and it probably depends upon all tests going well, without any requirements for modifications to the craft.

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