We need affordable space travel to inspire our youth, to let them know that they can experience their dreams, can set significant goals and be in a position to lead all of us to future progress in exploration, discovery and fun. Thanks to the X Prize for the inspiration.
At first, it will be real rich people, hundreds of them flying into suborbital space. But what will happen is you'll run out of real rich people real quickly.
If you don't have a consensus that it's nonsense, you don't have a breakthrough.
Just like when early airplanes were flying in 1910, we didn't know what the benefits are, but we were doing it because it was fun.
In fact, it's more dangerous to fly in space in America now than it was earlier. It certainly is more expensive...more difficult, ... We've been relying on our taxpayer-funded research organization, Na Say, excuse me, NASA.
We can show that we can move right into an industry to fly the public at the level of safety that the early airliners had
Since Yuri Gagarin and Al Shepard's epoch flights in 1961, all space missions have been flown only under large, expensive government efforts. By contrast, our program involves a few, dedicated individuals who are focused entirely on making spaceflight affordable
As opposed to the first 44 years of manned spaceflight, ... the difference is people are going to know that it is for them.
Since Yuri Gagarin and Al Shepard's epic flights in 1961, all space missions have been flown only under large, expensive government efforts, ... By contrast, our program involves a few, dedicated individuals who are focused entirely on making spaceflight affordable.
Testing leads to failure, and failure leads to understanding.