Virgin Galactic Check Pilot Mark “Forger” Stucky is seen throughout a ceremony on the Nationwide Air and House Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. [credit: JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images ]
I’ve at all times struggled with what to consider Virgin Galactic, the brilliantly marketed space-tourism firm based by Sir Richard Branson in 2004.
Actually, Branson based the corporate with laudable objectives. Bringing extra folks above the planet to see the curvature of the Earth and expertise weightlessness ought to solely assist humanity higher perceive the worth of our fragile world. And Branson’s infusion of personal funding into spaceflight, alongside that of different billionaires, has been a rare boon over the past 20 years by way of pushing people additional into the ultimate frontier.
But Virgin Galactic has at all times felt prefer it had a little bit an excessive amount of sizzle and never fairly sufficient substance. Here is only one instance: months of buildup, the corporate lastly revealed in July what the inside of its VSS Unity spacecraft would look. Nevertheless, upon the reveal, the views of the cabin weren’t precise pictures. As an alternative, they had been slick renderings.
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