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Virgin space tourists could launch from Scotland

By T.K. Randall
June 15, 2010 · Comment icon 8 comments

Image Credit: Virgin Galactic
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space tourism flights could launch from an RAF base in Scotland.
The company is hoping to begin flights by 2015 and is currently attempting to appeal for legislation to be changed in Britain to permit commercial flights.
Virgin Galactic is confident that space tourism will go ahead by 2012 in the U. S. – having already taken more than $65million (Ł45million) in bookings from 335 wannabe astronauts. About 50 per cent of those already signed up are American, with the next biggest interest coming from Britain.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by DONTEATUS 13 years ago
Im going to sell the Farm to try a Ride!
Comment icon #2 Posted by J.B. 13 years ago
I won't have enough money by 2012 to ride the opneing flights here in the U.S. assuming they get off the ground by then.
Comment icon #3 Posted by kurethmu 13 years ago
Other than the chance to be in a weightless environment, what is the appeal of going into space?
Comment icon #4 Posted by J.B. 13 years ago
Being there. It's something few people have ever done. Besides, when you're facing away from the sun, with the earth blocking it, the view is bound to be clearer than it is on Earth.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ROGER 13 years ago
Other than the chance to be in a weightless environment, what is the appeal of going into space? To share in some thing greater than our selves. Either you feel it or you dont. I am old, fat, and toothless. And if given the chance I would go in a heart beat!
Comment icon #6 Posted by DONTEATUS 13 years ago
Dont yall Remember ? " To Boldly Go Where I want to Go " or sumptin Like that ! To Look at our world with my own eyes and the have the knowledge of the Possibilities ! We can do Great things. ITs up to us to Actually Do them !
Comment icon #7 Posted by DieChecker 13 years ago
I wonder if we will see Corporate space mining, or Corporate orbital energy generation anytime soon. If so, it will open up the can of worms on who can own a piece of space and who owns what is out in space.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Voyager10 13 years ago
Sir Richard Branson’s UK Space Agency has identified Lossiemouth as the ‘ideal’ location from where a spaceflight would take off. If the place is Scottish, you'll like it a lottish

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