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The Engadget Interview: Sir Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic and space tourism for the everyman

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The Engadget Interview Sir Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic and making space travel affordable

It’s been a particularly good week for Sir Richard Branson. SpaceShipTwo, Virgin Galactic’s sub-orbital peoplecarrier broke the sound barrier for the first time, and Virgin America began service into San Jose, California. Sir Richard was in town to welcome VA’s first San Jose arrival, and we jumped at the chance to chat with him, even if only for a few minutes.

Our conversation revolved around Virgin Galactic’s latest milestone on its journey towards ferrying the masses to the stars. Naturally, we wanted to know his plan to make space travel affordable for us non-billionaires, as the current cost of a Virgin Galactic ticket is a cool $200K quarter million dollars. His solution? A combination of more spacecraft, more spaceports and the most prolific satellite delivery service in history.

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