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Virgin Galactic flights to blast off in 2013

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 08:21 PM

Virgin Galactic flights to blast off in 2013


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Virgin chief Richard Branson has put a time frame on his plan to launch tourists into space, claiming he and his family will blaze a trail for hundreds of fare-paying passengers by blasting off in December 2013.

Branson also announced that Virgin Galactic, his fledgling commercial space company, was expanding to include a satellite-launching service that would use a low-cost rocket system to propel payloads into orbit.

Speaking at the UK's Farnborough International Airshow, the British entrepreneur said his adult children, Holly and Sam, would accompany him on board the SpaceShipTwo on its pioneering two-hour voyage into sub-orbital space.

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#2    Junior Chubb

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Posted 11 July 2012 - 09:06 PM

I am quite excited about this and I hope it goes ahead as planned, I have heard Branson telling us for years this would happen and it seems so close now. Just a shame it will be a long time until us mere mortals can afford to get on board.

I am more excited for this man and what he wants to do with his limited time in space...

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I hope he gets the experience he is after. :D

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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:36 PM

200K x 600K = 120B(?) Now thats good business. Just sad, like so many other things only the rich will be able to experience it. Hopefully my kids kids might have the opportunity when the price gets down to 2k (?)


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:46 PM

Wish I had the money. Oh, and the nerve.
I can remember my jetliner flights above the clouds, and how amazing I felt when on the ground looking up from where I just came from.
Damn birds, I hate you, you get all the fun.


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Posted 12 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

View Postpallidin, on 12 July 2012 - 01:46 PM, said:

Damn birds, I hate you, you get all the fun.

Tell me about it, when a woman wants it she gets it, men have to put in so much effort. ;)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:44 AM

This is awesome. Gonna start saving my bottle deposit money!


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 12:49 AM

I wonder if UM could start a raffle.


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:41 AM

nahh tat wont happen but maybe the company would have a raffle...$10 a ticket


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:48 AM

Lets just hope they don't come crashing back down to the Earth in a great ball of fire.


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:11 PM

How exciting.. I can't wait to witness it!


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 08:10 PM

200,000 a snip! i'll book a seat for my bag as well


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Posted 17 July 2012 - 05:35 PM

Yea time to start collecting cans..


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:57 AM

We all win no matter what the price ! I`ll be hittin up the piggy bank 4 sure !

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