Orlando Sentinel: Virgin Galactic CEO comes to UCF

Human space flights will now be a routine rather than a rarity. This is one goal a privately owned company has for its customers. So far more than 400 people have placed a down payment on making their dream a reality. The next potential flier could be you.

The CEO and president of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, spoke about this very topic at UCF Feb. 28 as part of the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference.

Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, is a company within Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group. The company plans to provide suborbital spaceflights along with suborbital space science missions open to the public. Virgin Galactic announced Feb. 28 that a contract has been signed with the Southwest Research Institute to fly scientists into space to conduct microgravity, biology, climate and astronomy research.

“April 6 marks 50 years that people have been exploring space,” Whitesides said. “But over the course of that time only about 500 people have been able to actually travel into space.”

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