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Businessworld has a Q&A with Virgin Galactic’s Stephen Attenborough, who says that he expects the company to begin commercial flights by 2012. Some key excerpts:

> When will we see the first human going on a private space flight? > > …The big aircraft has finished its test flights and it has performed flawlessly. The spaceship is at the glide flight path of its programme because it is a reusable vehicle. We will probably have 5-6 glide flights. Then, later this year, we expect to test the rocket launcher for the first time. As soon as the propulsion tests start, provided the first couple of tests go well, we will undertake the first space flight. > > (…) Read the rest of Attenborough: Virgin Galactic in “Final Stretch” (163 words) > > * * * > > (C) Douglas for Parabolic Arc, 2011. | Permalink | No comment | Add to del.icio.us Post > > Feed enhanced by Better Feed from Ozh

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