Forbes contributor and SpaceShipTwo ticket holder Jim Clash attended a recent Virgin Galactic future space tourists gathering at the Explorers Club in New York to get an update on how things are going. Unsurprising, things are going along fine.
VG customer relations president Stephen Attenborough assured the audience, which included future astronauts from Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland and the U.S., that a replacement version of SS2 is nearly complete, with rigorous test flights scheduled to commence in 2016. Attenborough also confirmed that VG founder Sir Richard Branson still plans to be aboard the first commercial SS2 spaceflight. Speculation is that probably won’t occur until 2017.