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Richard Branson admits future of space tourism project is in doubt

Sir Richard Branson acknowledged on Saturday that his dream of commercial space tourism may have ended in the explosion that consumed Virgin Galactic’s test craft SpaceShipTwo in the skies above California’s Mojave desert. After rushing overnight to the scene of Friday’s accident, the Virgin chief executive told reporters he and his team would love to see the project through to completion – but he added a big if. “We owe it to our test pilots to find out what went wrong,” Branson said. “And once we find out what went wrong, if we can overcome it, we will make absolutely certain that the dream lives on.” “Yesterday we fell short,” he said. “We’ll now comprehensively assess the results of the crash and are determined to learn from this and move forward.” “We are not going to push on blindly,” he added. According to initial accounts, SpaceShipTwo broke up at an altitude of about 45,000ft shortly after separating from its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo. One crewmember, identified on Saturday as 39-year-old Michael Tyner Alsbury of Tehachapi, California, was killed. Much more via The Guardian.

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