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  • Retro space tourism posters.
  • Sir Richard Branson on Elon Musk (Space X), advice for British Petroleum, and Virgin’s interest in alternative fuels.
  • “If you could integrate any resource, gadget, or convenience on your Virgin America airplanes, what would it be, regardless of whether it’s been invented or not?”  A contest question to submitted to Sir Richard Branson by Marvin Arias. See  Sir Richard’s answer below.

Not space related, but saw a piece in the L.A. Times on Sir Richard Branson’s favorite places in the L.A. area.

I keep a personal blog that includes some of my favorite, people, places and things to do around Southern California.

Source L.A.Times

Sir Richard Branson has taken time off from helming his global Virgin brand to help promote the fourth year of BritWeek, which highlights all manner of British connections with California. An impressive array of events in the Southland (and for the first time in San Francisco as well) can be found at http://www.britweek.org. And although the celebratory “week” began Saturday, not to fear — it actually runs through mid-May. Meanwhile, here’s Sir Richard’s L.A.

Days & knights

We like to stay at the Sunset Marquis. It’s quiet, the staff is helpful and relaxed, and it’s ideal for someone like me who doesn’t like to sit in traffic and spend hours driving. Just past the cul-de-sac on Sunset Boulevard is anything you could possibly want: music clubs, lounges, restaurants, people-watching. We stroll down to William Hart Park, where we watch the locals playing with their dogs. Close by is the Andaz Hotel, with an airy, sunny restaurant that serves delicious smoothies. The Standard also has a reliable diner for breakfast.

The active life

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I’m running my first marathon this year in London. I enjoy being physical, but when I’m traveling, exercise options can be limited. It’s refreshing in L.A. to not be stuck with just a treadmill. Running the Santa Monica stairs means I get both a great workout and gorgeous views. Hiking Runyon Canyon is an L.A. must-do; it’s not so bad on the knees and the people-watching, again, is great — people and their dogs. When my son Sam is here, we try to go surfing at Sunset Beach.

A chic sheik

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel pool area is a good afternoon spot to relax with drinks or to sit in the sun and get some reading or work done. My first time at the Hollywood Roosevelt was for a Virgin Unite fundraiser called “Rock the Kasbah,” so I dressed head to toe in Moroccan formalwear and rode in from Hollywood Boulevard on horseback. The hotel’s hallways have just the most amazing photographs of 1970s and ‘80s film and rock ‘n’ roll stars.

On the boulevard

Just outside, Hollywood Boulevard has no shortage of entertainment. I rather enjoy walking around and running into its unusual and spontaneous cast of characters. The first — and only — time I was pitched by a guy in a Spider-Man costume was on Hollywood Boulevard, on my way to see Jimmy Kimmel. And I loved it. I love free-spirited, passionate people, even if they are marching to a beat I don’t hear.

Hammer time

Tucked away among a sea of bank buildings is the Hammer Museum, which seems to have a great nose for contemporary art and a nice courtyard in the middle. I don’t know what half of the art means, but I can count on the shows to surprise me. It’s a nice space to walk about. Nearby is Westwood, good for movie theaters and more walking.

Party on

Dusk is the right time for drinks at Mondrian SkyBar or Chateau Marmont, where I’ve been to some brilliant parties. V Australia threw a very memorable party there this spring involving sheep, drag queens and a room full of chocolate. I keep going back hoping to experience the same Aussie debauchery.

Dining in style

Suzanne Goin is a lovely chef and her restaurant on Melrose Avenue, Lucques, has a relaxed, not-rushed Sunday dinner, a really nice tradition. Speaking of tradition, perhaps one day she will consider a Sunday English roast! The back outdoor area with the ivy wall is a treat. Oh, and I’m sure everyone mentions the Ivy restaurant, but who can blame them? It’s a reliable spot for good food and atmosphere.


Source: UK Mail Online

One giant leap for toy kind: Buzz Lightyear was first on the moon, say one in ten schoolchildren

This Rule Breaker Is Otherworldly

Source: The Montley Fool by Tim Beyers

President Obama didn’t design his $3.8 trillion federal budget to appease Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos, but you can get that he’s one of the few who is applauding rather than jeering the president’s plan.

Bezos’ Blue Origin is one of five companies that will share $50 million in stimulus funds designed to create commercial space vehicles that NASA will use to ferry astronauts to and from low-Earth orbit. The others are Boeing (NYSE: BA), Paragon Space Development, Sierra Nevada Corp., and the United Launch Alliance between Boeing and Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT).

Orbital Sciences (NYSE: ORB) and Elon Musk’s SpaceX also have contracts with NASA to develop unmanned rockets used for delivering supplies to the International Space Station, MSNBC’s Alan Boyle reports.

An out-of-this-world opportunity?
“An enhanced U.S. commercial space industry will create new high-tech jobs and spin off other new businesses that will seek to take advantage of affordable access to space,” NASA administrator Charlie Bolden said in announcing the awards.

Forget for a moment that this sounds (a) nothing like a career bureaucrat working at a government agency, and (b) nothing like the NASA that sent 12 Americans to the moon three decades ago. Is it credible to think that commercializing space could lead to jobs and a fresh burst of innovation? Could space become an industry worth investing in?

Certainly Richard Branson thinks so. He unveiled the primary craft for his Virgin Galactic space tourism venture — a sub-orbital rocket plane called SpaceShipTwo — at a press event in December.

Bezos has been more secretive about Blue Origin. What reports we have say that the eight-year-old company has been testing rockets that would return vertically to Earth from sub-orbital flights. NASA believes it can do more, and it’s awarding Blue Origin $3.7 million of the designated funds to assist with designing an orbital craft.

Original article posted here.

Document provided by  Virgin Galactic

GALACTIC AT A GLANCE!

The History: The Ansari X Prize

  • Objective: to provide the catalyst for private sector innovation in the field of manned space exploration
  • Rules: private funding, design and manufacture of a vehicle capable of delivering the weight of 3 people including one actual person to sub-orbital space defined as an altitude of at least 100kms. The vehicle had to be 80% reusable and fly twice within a two week period
  • Winner: Mojave Aerospace Ventures a Paul G Allen company with Burt Rutan and SpaceShipOne on October 4th 2004. Pilot Brian Binnie (see www.scaled.com)

The History: SpaceShipOne

  • Project funded by Paul Allen – co founder of Microsoft; at an cost of approx $26m
  • Designed and built by Burt Rutan and Scaled Composites in Mojave CA
  • Flew to space 3 times in 2004
  • The world’s first private manned space vehicle
  • Now displayed in the Milestones of Flight Gallery at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, DC between Charles Lindbergh’s  Spirit of St Louis and Chuck Yeager’s Bell X-1

The Technology

  • A completely new approach to space access for people, science and payload
  • Air (horizontal) launch from the “WhiteKnight” purpose built aircraft not ground (vertical) launch – intrinsically safer and more environmentally friendly
  • All carbon composite construction (light, strong, resilient and fuel efficient)
  • Hybrid rocket motor uses benign fuel and oxidizer (same rubber and nitrous oxide used for SpaceShipOne) and is controllable – can be shut down at any time during boost phase of flight
  • Re-entry controlled aerodynamically by unique wing feathering design – heat free and carefree
  • Un-powered (glide) runway landing

Virgin’s Involvement

  • Seeking investment opportunities since late 90’s when Galactic name was registered
  • Knew of Burt Rutan’s credentials through sponsorship of the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer – world’s most fuel efficient powered aircraft
  • Agreed with Burt Rutan and Paul Allen to invest in development and construction of second generation vehicle for commercial venture – the world’s first commercial spaceline
  • Intending to order 5 SpaceShipTwo’s and 3 WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft to be manufactured by The SpaceShip Company (TSC) (a Joint Venture between Scaled Composites and Virgin)
  • Mission to create environmentally benign, safe and commercially viable access to space for people, science and potential for payload.  Space tourism early adopters provided vital proof of first available market and made project possible.

SpaceShipTwo

  • SpaceShipTwo unveiled on 7th December 2009 immediately prior to start of its test flight program
  • Uses all the same basic technology, construction and design as SpaceShipOne prototype
  • Is around twice as large as SS1 and will carry 6 passengers and 2 pilots
  • Cabin approx the size of a Falcon 900 exec jet
  • Whole fuselage used for passenger cabin – no raised “floor”
  • Large windows positioned throughout the cabin to afford maximum viewing potential for passengers
  • Planning for reclining seats to maximize cabin space in zero g and for re-entry
  • Dimensions:  Wing span: 42ft.  Length: 60 ft.  Tail height: 18 ft (Feather down)
  • Cabin details:    6 passenger seats.  90” diameter x 12 ft long
  • Construction:  100% carbon composite
  • Propulsion: hybrid rocket motor uses benign fuel and oxidizer (the same means of propulsion as SpaceShipOne) and is controllable – can be shut down at any time during boost phase of flight
  • Power: after release from carrier aircraft, operates on internal power supply
  • Feathering wings for re-entry: same technology as SS1; improved aerodynamics
  • Flight simulator operational and already being used as pilot training and design refinement tool

Carrier Aircraft/Mothership (WhiteKnightTwo) Technical Specification

  • Status: first flight 21st December 2008. Test flight program substantially complete with a total of 22 successful flights including high altitude and long duration
  • Largest 100% carbon composite plane in service (Boeing 787 Dreamliner uses composite materials for about 50% of its primary structure)
  • Twin boom / fuselage construction
  • Propulsion & Power: 4 X Pratt & Whitney PW308 engines. Member of PW300 series engines
  • Dimensions: Wing span: 140ft (only 16 ft less than Boeing 767-300).  Length: 78 ft.  Tail height: 25ft
  • Performance: SS2 ferry range: U.S. coast to coast
  • Capability:  A training vehicle for SS2 spaceflight – can simulate SpaceShipTwo g force profile.  Both fuselages replicate SS2 and right hand cabin interior will also be identical allowing for passenger training.  Unique high altitude lift aircraft potentially suitable for various payloads

SpaceShipTwo Flight Profile

  • G-Forces:  max gx (front to back): 6g.  max gz (head to toe): 3.8g
  • SS2 release: 50,000 ft
  • Planned apogee of spaceflight: at least 110 km
  • Zero-g phase –out of seat
  • Total flight time:  all told approximately 2.0 hrs

Timeframes

  • WhiteKnightTwo commenced test program during the summer of 2008 with first flight 21 December 2008. Test program continued through 2009 and was substantially completed by the end of the year
  • Spaceship Two roll-out December 7th 2009. Test flight program will commence early 2010
  • Test flight period envisaged 18 – 24 months or longer if safety dictates.  Building of first commercial vehicles will commence whilst test program is underway
  • Safety first, we are not in a race, we will launch only when we are content that it is safe to do so
  • We aim to fly 500 people in the first year and 50,000 in the first 10 years, subject to our first obtaining all necessary regulatory approvals
  • First commercial flights are planned to operate from Spaceport America in New Mexico.

SpaceShipTwo Flight Stats

  • Total flight time around 2.0 hours
  • G forces: rocket boost max 3.8 g (x and z); re-entry max 6 g (x only whilst reclined)
  • Speed: supersonic within 8 seconds of rocket ignition and faster than Mach 3 within 30 seconds of rocket ignition
  • Achieving an apogee of at least 110 kms

The Experience

  • Plan for 3 days of preparation, medical checks, bonding, and g force acclimatization as part of flight cost
  • Carrier aircraft is able to act as a training platform with passenger cabins that replicate the spaceship
  • All passengers will be able to leave their seats and float in zero G should they wish and enjoy view of space and the earth stretching for around 1000 miles in every direction

Reservations

  • Accepted Deposits from over 300 individuals who have made deposits from between $20 and $200k
  • Total deposits received over $40m.  Flight cost US$200k
  • Over 85,000 people from 125 countries have registered their interest in becoming a Virgin Galactic astronaut at www.virgingalactic.com
  • A specialist network of Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agents has been set up around the world to accept deposits for seats on future space flights (ASA details can be found on www.virgingalactic.com).

Licensing

  • US regulatory framework established by 2004 Commercial Space Launch Amendments Act which empowered the Office of Commercial Space Transportation within the Federal Aviation Administration to regulate and license commercial space launch vehicles and operators.
  • Enshrined the principle of Informed Consent for space flight participants, permitting a licensed operator to carry passengers on space flights once the passengers are informed of and accept a comprehensive explanation of the risks involved.
  • Company also is committed to complying with other U.S governmental regulations, including export provisions administered by the State Department

Environmental Credentials

  • Air launch means short rocket burn
  • Reusable spaceship – no space debris
  • The carrier aircraft uses latest highly efficient turbo fan jet engines
  • SpaceShipTwo re-entry and landing are unpowered
  • CO2 emissions per passenger on a spaceflight will be equivalent to approximately 60% of a per passenger return commercial London/New York flight.  Around 70% of the spaceflight CO2 emissions come from the carrier aircraft. This is a clean spaceship!
  • SpaceShipTwo and its carrier aircraft will provide space access, to paying tourism passengers and to scientists for research, with an incomparably smaller environmental impact, lower cost and greater flexibility than anything that has gone before. We need space but we need better access to it.

Photos

  • Pics from our friend, Sam Coniglio whose probably going to provide the bulk of the New Space community with first pics.
  • Twitpic feed courtesy  of Jeff Foust from The Space Review and The New Space Journal.
  • NPR

Articles, blogs, and twitter coverage

Jonathan Amos reporting for the BBC.

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Virgin Galactic Unveils Spaceshiptwo, The World’S First Commercial Manned Spaceship

SpaceShip2- Unveils in Mojave,CA

Source: Virgin Galactic

SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) herald a new era in commercial space flight with daily space tourism flights set to commence from Spaceport America in New Mexico after test program and all required US government licensing completed.

Mojave Air and Spaceport, California
December 7, 2009

Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceshipOne (SS1) designer, Burt Rutan, today reveal SS2 to the public for the first time since construction of the world’s first manned commercial spaceship began in 2007. SS2 has been designed to take many thousands of private astronauts into space after test programming and all required U.S. government licensing has been completed.

The unveiling represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic’s quest to develop the World’s first commercial space line providing private sector access to space using an environmentally benign launch system for people, payload and science. The spaceship draws on the experience developed during the successful flights of SS1 in 2004, which won the Ansari X-Prize for completing the world’s first manned private space flights. The SS2 design will be refined and completed during an extensive test flying program to commence shortly, and it will be an entirely new vehicle capable of carrying up to 6 passenger astronauts and up to 2 pilot astronauts into space on a sub-orbital flight.

The unveil itself will take place at Mojave Air and Spaceport as darkness falls on the famous aviation and spaceflight location. Subject to certain U.S. regulatory requirements that will guide the unveiling, SS2 will be attached to her WK2 mothership which was last year unveiled and named EVE after Sir Richard Branson’s mother. In the future, WK2 will carry SS2 to above 50,000 feet (16 kilometres) before the spaceship is dropped and fires her rocket motor to launch into space from that altitude. In honour of a long tradition of using the word Enterprise in the naming of Royal Navy, US Navy, NASA vehicles and even science fiction spacecraft, Governor Schwarzenegger of California and Governor Richardson of New Mexico will today christen SS2 with the name Virgin Space Ship (VSS) ENTERPRISE. This represents not only an acknowledgement to that name’s honorable past but also looks to the future of the role of private enterprise in the development of the exploration, industrialisation and human habitation of space.

The emergence of new commercial space companies like Virgin Galactic will be an engine for employment, growth and the creation of a new technology and science base in the United States. Recent research has indicated that 12,500 jobs have already been created by the new space companies; the Virgin Galactic project alone is creating significant opportunities for employment in both the company itself and with suppliers in both California and New Mexico. Approximately 600 people are now working on activities relating to the project and it is estimated that this figure will rise to over 1,100 jobs during the peak of the construction phase at the space port and through the introduction of the commercial space vehicles into regular astronaut service.

Both WK2 and SS2 represent state of the art environmentally sensitive industrial development in their use of carbon composite materials technology, which has now been identified as a key future contributor to the increasingly urgent requirement by the commercial aviation sector for dramatically more fuel efficient aircraft. WK2 is powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, which are amongst the most powerful. economic and efficient commercial jet engines available making it a mould breaker in carbon efficiency. SS2 will be powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor, which is currently under development.

The twin fuselage and central payload area configuration allow for easy access to WK2 and to the spaceship for passengers and crew; the design also aids operational efficiencies and turnaround times. The mothership has now also completed a year of rigorous and successful first phase flight testing prior to today’s attachment of SS2.

Commenting on the unveiling, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic said: “This is truly a momentous day. The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation”.

Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites added: “All of us at Scaled are tremendously excited by the capabilities of both the mothership and SS2. Today is the culmination of a dream that began many decades ago, was stimulated by Paul Allen’s funding of our X-Prize winning SS1 and then moved forward to commercial reality by Sir Richard and Virgin’s visionary investment in a new future for space transportation”.

SpaceShipTwo will be unveiled after darkness has fallen over the Mojave Desert to the sound of a space-themed anthem from Britain’s biggest DJs, Above & Beyond. Fittingly titled “Buzz” the track will sample Buzz Aldrin’s original moon landing dialogue. Following the naming by Governors Richardson and Schwarzenegger, the DJs will also perform an exclusive set at the celebration cocktail party which will follow and feature the first ever IceBar in the desert hosted by Absolut and the world famous Swedish IceHotel. All the guests will be protected from the desert cold by designer space jackets supplied by PUMA. Finally, to close off the celebrations, all the guests will have the opportunity to view the stunning night skies using specialist telescopes supplied by Ron Dantowitz of the Clay Observatory whose unique tracking cameras followed SS1 into space during the epic flights of 2004.

For further information go to www.virgingalactic.com

For downloadable images and graphics go to: www.virgingalactic.com/SS2Unveil

Press Release Oshkosh/Abu Dhabi, 28th July 2009: Aabar Investments and Virgin Group

Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments and Virgin Group
today announced that they have agreed to enter a strategic partnership, which will see Aabar
take an equity stake in the world’s first commercial spaceline – Virgin Galactic. To date,
Virgin Galactic has been wholly owned and funded by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group.

The deal, signed today at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin attended by
Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group, and Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny, CEO of
Aabar. The signing ceremony is taking place alongside Virgin Galactic’s new carrier space
launch vehicle, WhiteKnightTwo (VMS Eve) which is making its public demonstration flying
debut in Oshkosh.

Under the deal, Aabar will invest approximately US$280m and take around a 32% stake in
Virgin Galactic’s holding company, valuing the business at about $900m. The transaction is
subject to obtaining regulatory clearances in the United States and elsewhere.  Additionally,
Aabar has committed $100m (plus transaction cost) to fund a small satellite launch capability,
subject to the development of a full business plan. It will also gain exclusive regional rights,
subject to regulatory clearances, to host Virgin Galactic tourism and scientific research space
flights. Finally, Aabar has plans to build spaceport facilities in Abu Dhabi.

Commenting on the acquisition, HE Khadem Al Qubaisi, Chairman of Aabar, said, “I am
pleased to announce this partnership. Virgin Galactic is the leader in the realm of space
tourism, having successfully established a potential global market for its offering in a very
short span of time. Aabar’s stake in Virgin Galactic will open a new avenue of opportunity for
Abu Dhabi in this unique and dynamic business. The significant partnership not only falls in
line with Abu Dhabi’s larger plans to inculcate technology research and science at a
grassroots level but also complements its aim to be the international tourism capital of the
region.”

Virgin Galactic is in the final stages of developing and testing commercial sub-orbital space
vehicles based on the prototype SpaceShipOne, that flew successfully to space and back three
times in 2004. The unique and innovative designs of the vehicles will transform the cost,
safety and environmental impact of access to space for people, science research and
education.

Sir Richard Branson said, “We are delighted to partner with Aabar in a strategic deal that is a
first for Virgin Galactic. The initiative will leverage the solid financial backing of Aabar and
the pioneering technology and strong global relationships of Virgin Galactic. This exciting
deal is indicative of the interesting and high value investments that mark the UAE’s
commercial portfolio.”

The new joint venture also proposes to undertake additional development which would enable
the space system to launch small satellites at unprecedented levels of cost, reliability and
flexibility.

“This transaction carries multiple potential for the creation of an exceptional platform for
space infrastructure such as research labs, space centre for commercial travel and much
more,” said Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny.

Virgin Group has invested over $100m in Virgin Galactic since its formation in late 2004.
The development of its new vehicles is being carried out by Scaled Composites, the renowned
Mojave CA based aeronautical firm, owned by Northrop Grumman and led by Burt Rutan.

Scaled Composites was responsible for designing and building SpaceShipOne which won the
$10m X Prize in 2004 as the first privately funded manned space vehicle. The system is
highly innovative: it utilises a carrier aircraft for launch of the spaceship at high altitude, a
controllable and benign hybrid rocket motor and a unique wing feathering design for a
failsafe re-entry. The spaceship makes a runway landing rendering it almost entirely reusable.

The new commercial vehicles are now at an advanced stage of development. VMS Eve, VG’s
new carrier aircraft is well into its test flight programme and is performing flawlessly.  It is
the world’s largest all carbon composite aircraft and has a unique high altitude, heavy lift
capability.  Sir Richard Branson is due to be onboard VMS Eve as a member of the crew for a
demonstration flight during EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh on Tuesday 28th July.

The new spacecraft, SpaceShipTwo will commence its own test flight programme before the
end of 2009.  Both vehicles offer a unique environment for space tourism and a wide range of
science research applications as well as a platform for small satellite launch.

Patrick McCall, the Virgin Group Commercial Director responsible for the transaction said,
“We are building a great partnership for the development of the world’s first private sector
integrated human and payload space launch system. All of us at Virgin Galactic are very
much looking forward to working with Aabar’s Chairman, HE Khadem Al Qubaisi, its CEO
Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny and the whole Aabar team as we move forward together at
the cutting edge of the coming industrial revolution in space access. I would also like to take
this opportunity to thank Brandt Mowry, the senior vice-president of corporate development
who managed the transaction on behalf of Virgin Group.”

Virgin Galactic expects the capital infusion to fully fund the company through to its
commencement of commercial operations.

Credit Suisse acted as the exclusive financial advisor and placement agent to Virgin Galactic
regarding the transaction.

About Aabar
Aabar Investments PJSC is an investment company headquartered in Abu Dhabi and is on the
Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange. It directly invests in various sectors including energy,
infrastructure, real estate, automotive and financial services companies. Its largest shareholder
is the International Petroleum Investment Company, which in turn is wholly owned by the
Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

About Virgin Galactic
Virgin Galactic was launched by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group in 2004 with the
objective of developing commercial space vehicles which would transform the safety, cost
and environmental impact associated with access to space. As well as offering 1000’s of
ordinary people the chance to experience space for themselves, the system will be used for
space and high altitude science research and potentially developed to launch small satellites.
In the future the company expects to move on to the development of orbital vehicles capable
of carrying people, including the possibility of offering very fast trans –continental flights
around the planet.

Virgin Galactic’s vehicles use the design and technology developed by the renowned
aeronautical engineer, Burt Rutan, for SpaceShipOne, which as the world’s first privately
built manned spaceship, flew safely to space and back three times in 2004.

This remarkable and unique project is now in its final stages with the test flight programme of
the commercial vehicles underway. Already, approximately 300 people from around the
world have paid approaching $40m in deposits, representing $60m of ticket sales, to
guarantee an early seat.

Virgin Galactic’s guiding star is safety. In addition to a system that is proven and safer by
design, the vehicles are being put through a comprehensive and exhaustive test flight
programme before the inaugural commercial flight takes place on which Sir Richard Branson
and his family will fly.

Virgin Galactic astronauts will be prepared and trained for an experience of sensory overload,
from the incredible acceleration at launch through to the “out of seat” zero gravity
experienced in the blackness of space whilst looking through large windows at the
breathtaking views of the Blue Planet below.

All of Virgin Galactic’s first astronauts will be pioneers in a new industry which in the future
will allow us to make better use of space to improve life here on Earth.

For further details and assets covering the investor announcement go to  www.VirginGalactic.com/PartnershipandBransonAboardVMSEve

This 30-second Ad was created in 2006 for a final year university project along with team mates Simon McClure, Helen Smalies and Joe Jordan.  However, it’s worth taking a look at.  Very well done and something I, for one, never saw.

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Short article but interesting location in non-space magazine.

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