AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2470 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1717 times:
Oh, I believe that number; there are plenty of well-off people willing to spring for "The Next Big Thing", which this may well be. Even if I HAD the money, however, I'd like to actually see this SpaceShipOne derived craft actually fly on such a trip before I coughed up the cash to get in line. It's one thing for Burt Rutan to fly his little test ship on a few occasions, not entirely successfully, as encountered roll and other anomalies showed but quite another to get a reasonably safety-certified suborbital launcher packed with brave, rich adventurers into space on a regular basis. Nobody, not even NASA, has done that, yet. I wouldn't bet against the canny Branson but nevertheless, I'd like to see Virgin Galactic actually put their baby up carrying those gung-ho pioneer space tourists and bring them back at least a few times before I signed up. So I don't have that true pioneer spirit, big deal!
VS045 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 192 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (9 years 9 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1701 times:
I would definitley want to see Virgin Galactic fly for about a year or so, before I payed them my millions. I read somewhere that it would be up and running by 2007, I can't see that ever happening. Good concept, though, if it actually works.