- Speaking to the BBC at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Whitesides said the company is on track for lift-off "maybe sooner, but not much longer", despite being some way off finishing the replacement for its crashed SpaceShipTwo.
- While the final NTSB report into the accident is due in few weeks, Virgin Galactic is "confident the crash wasn’t due to a design issue". The BBC reports that on the new SpaceShipTwo "it'll be made physically harder to unlock the feathering system at the wrong time".
- While it might be imagined that the crash seriously rattled future SpaceShipTwo passengers, who've already stumped $250,000 a head for a ticket, Whitesides insisted: "The vast majority of our customers, so about 98 per cent, have been really terrific, very supportive.
Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'
6. 5. 15 by Andreea Popescu