“…it seems to me that the list of exciting things to do here on earth has diminished greatly in the wake of the lunar landings. I just can’t get excited about things I way I could before Apollo 11.” – Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut
I just can’t get excited about Virgin Galactic.
I feel a little unkind saying that, as its spacecraft combine several elegant and innovative technologies and last month’s successful rocket test certainly looked impressive.
But while companies like Space X are hauling cargo to the International Space Station and Planetary Resources are prepping mining missions to nearby asteroids, Richard Branson’s stake in the private space race has less lofty ambitions.