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Branson poses in front of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket after it was unveiled. (Image courtesy: Google)
Branson poses in front of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket after it was unveiled. (Image courtesy: Google)

Richard Branson: Launching New Space Company ‘Virgin Orbit’

There has been numerous approaches to explore space by means of humans in terms of sending satellites and even humans.

Richard Branson has proudly announced back in 1999, “I hope in five years a reusable rocket will have been developed which can take up to 10 people at a time to stay at the Virgin Hotel for two weeks.”

Virgin founder Richard Branson, George Whitesides, Dan Hart, and employees of Virgin Orbit pose on the company's rocket engine test stands. (Image Courtesy: Google)
Virgin founder Richard Branson, George Whitesides, Dan Hart, and employees of Virgin Orbit pose on the company’s rocket engine test stands. (Image courtesy: Google)

Richard Branson: New Venture details

Being called Virgin Orbit, Branson’s newest space venture will be led by former Boeing executive Dan Hart. Branson bragged in his blog that his team is revolutionising the small satellite market by means of offering low cost and frequent service to space.

Space strategy of Richard Branson is quite odd. Its like you start with really hard stuff and then give up and try more over the humble projects which you should’ve been working on two decades ago. Even Elon Musk has founded SpaceX in 2002 with bold dreams of propelling humans into space to Mars and beyond.

Eventually he realised that you had to first start with some more modest stuff. Over the next decade, SpaceX built rockets and sent capsules to the International Space Station and launched satellites.

All these things paid off. Musk is now talking about how he wants to send space tourists around the moon by the end of 2018. Even though its a tremendously ambitious goal, some people still believe he can do it.

Musk has started with smaller stuff like launching satellites. Getting humans onto the Moon and Mars may have been the ultimate goal but Musk is clearly aware that you had to learn to walk before you can run.

Spending Money yet didn’t Benefited many People:

Branson has always been the opposite. He is developing his own rockets and spaceships, one which tragically and infamously exploded in 2014 while killing a pilot.

He only recently pursued the private contracts for doing more modest stuff. It included launching satellites into space. This ultimately teaches lesson which one can use for manned space travel.

Yet he got the state of Mexico for paying $250 million for the spaceship graveyard. So its not like he wasn’t busy spending other people’s money, which was just not in way which benefited many people.

Branson in his statement about the new company says that its been a long dream to have open access to space. It is for changing the world for good.

They have been striving for doing that by means of manufacturing vehicles of the future while enabling small satellite revolution. It even includes preparing commercial space flights for many more humans for reaching space and seeing our home planet.

Thrilling experience for Launch:

He is quite thrilled that their small satellite launch service has now progressed to the point where it meets the formation of its own company. Virgin Orbit and a new president in Dan with decades of deeper experience and success in a broad variety of space programs.

A story from the Associated Press in 2005 promised, “Virgin Galactic officials said 100 people already have paid $200,000 apiece to fly into space. They include actress Victoria Principal, who told the news conference she looked forward to being on the first civilian flight of Virgin Galactic, perhaps as soon as 2008.”

We are still rooting for the Branson’s The Reverse Musk, even if he has almost 20 years of failed promises in his wake. Hopefully this one takes off.

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