VirginGalactic Soars Again

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  1. Marso

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    They'll be launching soon.
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    New ship unveiled.
    More pics at the link.
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    Video of the launch.



    Not going to pooh-pooh any effort to expand human spaceflight, but I gotta say the fact that the "astronauts" weren't even wearing spacesuits is kinda lame. (Around 1:21 in the video)
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    Is Branson butthurt over Bezos?
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    I get that VirginGalactic technically meets the threshold for going into space, but they are by far the lamest of the big three private sector space companies.

    SpaceX is kicking ass and taking names.

    Blue Origin is about to shift into high gear.

    VirginGalactic barely qualifies as entering space.

    Again, don't want to poo-poo any effort to advance spaceflight, but Branson needs to dial it back a notch.
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    Eh, I understand Branson's business model (not saying that it's the right one, mind you). There are about half a dozen private spaceship company startups out there (though not all of them are building crewed vehicles), and so far as I know, VirginGalactic is the only one ran by someone who also runs (or ran) an airline. Branson is a slightly more ethical billionaire than Bezos or Musk, so he's not resorting to some of the things that they're doing to make his company profitable. Will it pay off? I don't know. If Bezos and Musk weren't players, then I'd happily bet on VG.