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New Mexico’s Sad Bet on Space Exploration - The Atlantic
Spaceport America was supposed to bring a thriving space industry to the southern New Mexico desert—but for now it’s a futurist tourist attraction, not an operational harbor to the cosmos.
SpaceportAmerica  VirginGalactic  space  development  NewMexico  review  critique  USA  TheAtlantic  2018 
march 2018 by inspiral
Will supersonic air travel's return be another white elephant? | New Scientist - issue 3159, Jan 2018
" SpaceX said its BFR rocket – ostensibly for Mars and moon missions – could provide anywhere-on-Earth, city-to-city transport in under an hour. And Virgin Galactic, focused on suborbital tourist trips with its rocket plane, also has city-to-city travel on its radar. So a supersonic future is a done deal? One barrier to a spaceplane route is that the US may deem landing a rocket abroad as breaching a ban on exporting this technology."
NewScientist  aviation  space  regulations  SpaceX  VirginGalactic 
february 2018 by pierredv
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to invest $1 billion in Richard Branson’s space companies - The Washington Post Oct 2017
"For decades, space travel was seen as a risky investment, one that venture capitalists shied away from. But recently, the commercial space industry has attracted a growing number of investors that now includes the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, which announced Thursday it plans to invest $1 billion in Richard Branson's portfolio of space companies."

"The move is another indication of increasing confidence in the industry. Two years ago, Google and Fidelity announced they were investing $1 billion in Elon Musk's SpaceX. Since 2000, more than $10 billion has been invested in start-up space ventures, two-thirds of which has been in the past five years, according to Bryce Space and Technology, a consulting firm."
WashingtonPost  NewSpace  RichardBranson  SaudiArabia  VirginGalactic  VC  investing 
november 2017 by pierredv
on Road to Recovery After SpaceShipTwo Crash
VirginGalactic  from twitter
october 2015 by airlineee
Even If You Hate Rich People, SpaceShipTwo Is Still Part of a Space Program
The idealistic view many people have of space exploration can lead to a cynical rejection of the real-world work being done to send humankind into space.
space  virgingalactic  spaceshiptwo  scaledcomposites  assholes 
november 2014 by grahams

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