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Virgin Galactic Hoping for Commercial Flights by Early 2014

27 Feb 2013, 07:45 UTC
Virgin Galactic Hoping for Commercial Flights by Early 2014
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Virgin Galactic will begin powered flights of SpaceShipTwo “very soon,” with the hope of getting into space by the end of this year and beginning commercial service by early 2014. That’s the word as of Tuesday from Virgin Galactic CEO and President George Whitesides. The VG chief made the comments in a Q&A interview that [...]

SpaceShipTwo in flight on Dec. 19, 2012. (Credit: Virgin Galactic)
Virgin Galactic will begin powered flights of SpaceShipTwo “very soon,” with the hope of getting into space by the end of this year and beginning commercial service by early 2014.
That’s the word as of Tuesday from Virgin Galactic CEO and President George Whitesides. The VG chief made the comments in a Q&A interview that was put out as a press release by XOJET, a private jet company that has established an exclusive private air Concierge Access service to serve Virgin Galactic’s exclusive group of nearly 600 future astronauts.
XOJET, by the way, is part of the portfolio of Aabar Investments, the Abu Dhabi-owned company that has provided most of the funding for Virgin Galactic. So, the interview isn’t exactly probing, but it does contain some interesting details.
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