Sir Richard Branson appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman talking about Virgin Galactic. First flight is planned for February / March 2015 time frame.
Sir Richard Branson was guest on the David Letterman Show last night. Letterman asked him about his commercial space venture Virgin Galactic. Somehow Branson is not coming across that confident about this project. Letterman forced him to commit to be on the first flight. Branson countered that he would love it if Letterman would join him. Watch Letterman react to that invitation below.
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Virgin Galactic had several delays, but there are already over 700 passengers that reserved a space flight for $250,000 each.
Branson said that the first flight will take place in February or March of 2015. Let's see if he will be on that flight into space.
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About Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and aabar Investments PJS, is on track to be the world’s first commercial spaceline. To date, the company has accepted more than $80 million in deposits from approximately 700 individuals, which is 20% more than the total number of people who have ever gone to space. The new spaceship (SpaceShipTwo, VSS Enterprise) and carrier craft (WhiteKnightTwo, VMS Eve) have both been developed for Virgin Galactic’s vehicle fleet by Mojave-based Scaled Composites. Founded by Burt Rutan, Scaled developed SpaceShipOne, which in 2004 claimed the $10 million Ansari X Prize as the world’s first privately developed manned spacecraft. Virgin Galactic’s new reusable vehicles, which will be manufactured by The Spaceship Company in Mojave, Calif., share much of the same basic design, but are being built to carry six customers, or the equivalent scientific research payload to space. The vehicles will allow an out-of-the-seat, zero-gravity experience with astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space for tourist astronauts and a unique microgravity platform for researchers. The VSS Enterprise and VMS Eve test exhaustive test flight program is in its final stages leading to Virgin Galactic commercial operations, which will be based at Spaceport America in New Mexico.