A sampling of some recent Virgin Galactic articles for you all to peruse:
Space Tourism? Meh!
Arianespace CEO Stephane Israel thinks space tourism is pretty much a waste of time and money. [Space tourism is a waste of humanity’s time, says Arianespace chief executive Stephane Israel]
I link to this not as an endorsement of his ideas but as the starting point for discussion.
I mean….10 years, four powered flights, one wrecked ship, one dead pilot and three dead engineers, close to a half billion spent, and not a single voyage anywhere near space….It’s less of an indictment of space tourism than the entire argument of how much better the private sector can do space than the whole NASA/Big Aero industrial complex. If NASA had spent this much time and effort and produced so little, everyone would be rightly mocking it.
5 Companies in Trouble
Space News looks at five companies facing serious challenges — Virgin Galactic, Orbital Sciences, Sea Launch, Globalstar and Iridium — and looks at they might meet them. [Top 5 Companies To Watch]
The editors ask the right questions — how much more of his own money will Richard Branson invest, what will aabar investments do? — but unfortuately must rely on Virgin’s public claims about cancellations, new signups, and what comes next. Based on the company’s previous claims, what I’m hearing here in Mojave, and Branson’s desultory press conference in Mojave the day after the accident, such claims should be viewed with serious skepticism.
Another Look Inside VG
Virgin Galactic’s official media partner, NBC News, has an article about how Virgin Galactic’s engineers are dealing with the loss of SpaceShipTwo. You can find Alan Boyle’s story on the NBC News website.