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#582977 - 15th Sep 2011 4:20pm Virgin aims for first space launch within a year
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Business magnate Richard Branson hopes to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, kicking off an era of commercial space travel.

"The mother ship is finished... The rocket tests are going extremely well, and so I think that we're now on track for a launch within 12 months of today," he told CNN's Piers Morgan late Wednesday.

"This could be the beginning of a whole new era of space travel, which will be commercial space travel."

His company, Virgin Galactic, hopes to one day send people into space and launch satellites for a fraction of the cost of government-run programs, as well as eventually offering high-speed intercontinental flights.

"About an hour between Los Angeles and London is not completely out of the question," Branson said, adding that it will likely take many years before the company can offer such a service.

In the meantime, Virgin has sold some 430 tickets for space travel -- at $200,000 a pop -- for an estimated $86 million.

"It's not a cheap thing to build a spaceship company and it's been fantastic to have people all over the world sign up," Branson said.

The company plans to begin by taking tourists on sub orbital flights before eventually soaring higher. Branson has said in the past he hopes to one day build a hotel in space.

A number of private companies are rushing to fill the gap left by NASA, which ended its 30-year shuttle program in July with the completion of the final Atlantis mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Earlier this year, the US space agency distributed nearly $270 million in seed money to four companies -- Boeing, SpaceX, Sierra Nevada and Blue Origin -- to boost their bids to be first in the new space era.


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#582978 - 15th Sep 2011 4:20pm Re: Virgin aims for first space launch within a year [Re: jabber_Ish]
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not that i could ever afford it but id love to go out there !
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#583373 - 16th Sep 2011 9:32am Re: Virgin aims for first space launch within a year [Re: jabber_Ish]
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That man is amazing, my idol.

Who else would have the balls to put his efforts and money into this project.

If/when I have the money to do this in years to come, I'm going into space Baby!!
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#583384 - 16th Sep 2011 9:48am Re: Virgin aims for first space launch within a year [Re: AlexB]
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And the first person he told was Piers Morgan, looks like Branson has the best idea of all, let's shoot him out into space...

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#583391 - 16th Sep 2011 10:06am Re: Virgin aims for first space launch within a year [Re: jabber_Ish]
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If I had the money I'd pay for it! I hate Piers Morgan.
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