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Richard Branson offers his thoughts on UFOs

By T.K. Randall
July 18, 2019 · Comment icon 82 comments

Branson believes that we are not alone in the universe. Image Credit: NASA
The billionaire founder of space tourism firm Virgin Galactic has commented on the UFO phenomenon.
Branson, who aims to launch to the edge of space within the next twelve months, was speaking to a reporter during a celebration of Virgin Atlantic's new Los Angeles to Manchester route when the subject of UFO sightings by US Navy pilots was brought up.

"Sadly, when you look closely you'll find that there's another explanation for all of them in the same way that in the Bermuda Triangle there's another explanation for all the mysteries [there]," he said.

"There's no question that there are millions of other civilizations out there, but none of them are within reach of Earth and therefore, my instinct is: extremely unlikely."
On the topic of UFOs in general, the 68-year-old added:

"I can't understand why these UFO discussions are always behind closed doors and done in secrecy. It just creates even more suspicion."

"If people had really discovered a UFO, you can't keep things secret in this day and age, it would be everywhere. And so I don't think there's any credible sightings yet."

"It would be wonderful if it were true."

Source: Hollywood Reporter | Comments (82)

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Comment icon #73 Posted by Minimalists 5 years ago
That and the escape velocity, and I am assuming everyone here knows what that is..That and you have to factor in the payload of the rocket. There's a whole lot of stuff that plays into this and a lot of it is over my head. Escape Velocity (And: How Much Fuel Do Rockets Need?) Math was my worst subject in school but if your a math whiz you can make sense out of the above article.
Comment icon #74 Posted by toast 5 years ago
Thats not correct. The distance Earth/Moon is ca. 0,0025AU. The Voyager 1 probe, which is now at a distance of 146AU to Earth, was launched on a Titan 3 rocket which had only 26% of the thrust of the Saturn V. Every carrier that is able to reach the third cosmic velocity and every carrier that is able to reach the second cosmic velocity and uses gravity-assist on planets in the solar system can, in theory, reach every point in the universe. But time is doing the trick here.
Comment icon #75 Posted by stereologist 5 years ago
It's the gravity assist that helps and also the size of the payload. The Voyagers and other satellites that have gone out far are much smaller than the command module and LEM were.
Comment icon #76 Posted by Minimalists 5 years ago
Never claimed to be a damn Astronomer did I. 
Comment icon #77 Posted by toast 5 years ago
Yeah, of course, but I wanted to explain the carrier Saturn V itself to be powerful enough to reach destinations far beyond the Moon.
Comment icon #78 Posted by toast 5 years ago
Comment icon #79 Posted by Minimalists 5 years ago
Have a nice day...
Comment icon #80 Posted by tmcom 5 years ago
Not sure about that, l am pretty sure the Late Stephen Hawking, wouldn't have just made up a big ship, without doing some maths first? The video showed flying past Neptune within a week, and Alpha Centauri, within 4 years. and sure the ship would weight a lot, but as they said, it builds up more and more speed, over time.
Comment icon #81 Posted by stereologist 5 years ago
I have already shown that the ship would have had to have been thousands of times larger just to keep the thrust going and that would have not accelerated the ship to the speeds suggested by the video. Your appeal to Hawking has no bearing on the issue. Where does it state that the rocket is a chemical rocket? There isn't enough fuel in the known universe for a chemical rocket. Clearly, the rocket is not a chemical rocket. Please provide evidence to support your case. So far you have provided nothing but a video which does not support your case.
Comment icon #82 Posted by stereologist 5 years ago
To tmcom. You seem to be having some trouble understanding what was written. Here is what I wrote. You have completely failed to comprehend what was in the video. You have failed to understand that my comment was about chemical rockets. You need to read posts and undertand that the video you used does not address the comment I made.

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