Branson’s Virgin Galactic discusses timeline

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group empire, laid out a timeline for the launch of his Virgin Galactic suborbital spacecraft here at the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference this past weekend.

Even though Virgin Galactic executives have said they expect the company to be first to take a group of tourists into space in 2008, it looks like 2009 is a better bet.

SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s spacecraft, “will be ready in 12 months. Then we’ll do 12 months of extensive testing,” Branson said during an interview on stage at the conference. “So in 24 months, people will be able to take a run into space.”

More info:  CNET article


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