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January 27, 2006

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactica Blasts Off in Davos

Bruce Nussbaum

Imagine Google's Sergie Brin and Virgin's Richard Branson sitting on a coach in Davos from 11PM to way past midnight shooting the breeze about space travel. Well, it happened, I swear. There was Sergey egging Branson on to be more adventuruous and build orbital space craft so people could stay up much longer than on his planned space tourist buses (sorry, SpaceShipOne and Two are too beautifully designed by Burt Rutan to be called "buses").

Branson said the risk was low for a spaceship that is launched from a plane, which is the current plan, but an orbital spaceship requires a blast off from earth and that makes it much riskier. But maybe down the road. He did say he was going to take his parents and kids up for a ride once Virgin Galactica was up and running.

For the rest of us, it will cost $195,000 to buy a seat for a few minutes of space flight (is it 18 or 45? I forget). You can count your Virgin Airways miles against Virgin Galactic--it takes 1 or 2 million miles, Branson couldn't quite remember. Branson said he figured there were about 20,000 who would pay this price to fly high. If he could get the price down to $50,000, they would be "a few million" who would sign up.

Now what I want to see is Philippe Starck's design for the Virgin Galactica spaceport in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It boggles the mind!

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Like D.D. Harriman, I just want to stay alive long enough to step out on the moon.

Posted by: Niti Bhan at January 27, 2006 06:25 PM

Mr. Banson

I am delighted of water Volcano on Saturn.

Being am extreme Computer Science Major (fro UC Colorado) and living in New Mexico. Not Un-like Mr. Bill Richardson - this is the susperb place for the next genraration on Space Vechiles. Saturn moons or otherwise.

Lets do it!

Las Cruses Inetnational Space station

With you and Bill Richardson, it will be done

Staturn Moon or BUST - Thanks to you affordable Physics (New Mexico) - ITS HAPPPENING NOW.

Computer Science BSCE

Steve Riley

(Lets let it happen)

Love...

Posted by: Stepehn RIley at March 11, 2006 08:13 PM

Dear Richard Branson/Bill Richardson:

I grew up in a NASA family in Clear Lake Houston during the race to the moon. Our neighborhood was full of NASA engineers/mangers.

As an Instrumenation and Process Controls engineer for 35 years I am so excited that you and Bill Richardson are launching the next paradigm shift in world history.

Race to Space for everybody! There is hope .....

Good job!

I need an employment application for Virgin Galatica and how to book a future flight.

Best regards,

Mike Regan

President

IAI/CAC Virgin Islands/PR/Dom Rep

340-779-3660 w

340-778-8884 fx

340-690-1709 cell

Posted by: Mike Regan at March 30, 2006 12:38 PM


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