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Richard Branson still plans to be first SpaceShipTwo passenger

Richard Branson and his family still plan to be the first passengers to fly on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo
By: Michael Hatamoto | Science, Space & Robotics News | Posted: Nov 4, 2014 5:30 pm

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson still plans to be a passenger on the first tourist flight into space, even though SpaceShipTwo suffered a "serious anomaly" and exploded during a test flight. The company plans to move ahead with construction on another aircraft which could be done before the end of 2014.

 

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Even with the recent SpaceShipTwo test incident, the 800 passengers that have signed up for the $250,000 ride have reportedly voiced their support. In fact, two more people signed up and paid for a trip on a future Virgin Galactic flight, Branson said.

 

Here is what Branson recently told CNN: "There is no way I would ask others to go on a Virgin Galactic flight if I didn't feel it was safe enough myself. They want to see this happen, and they want to show their commitment."

NEWS SOURCES:Money.cnn.com, Airportjournals.com

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