Maria Bartiromo talks to Richard Branson about a number of subjects, including Virgin Galactic.
Q: You mentioned Virgin Galactic — what is your timing in terms of this program taking off?
A: I’ll be bitterly disappointed if I’m not into space by the end of the year. The rockets have now tested successfully. We’ve got three more rocket tests and then we should be up, up and away by the end of the year. That should be the start of the program. The space port’s ready. We are now in the last few weeks before finally embarking on the space program.
The “three more rocket tests” are likely the “handful” of additional powered flights that Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides has mentioned in recent months.