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Virgin Galactic. Is Branson deluded?

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2014/11/01 12:43:01 (permalink)

Virgin Galactic. Is Branson deluded?

Terrible accident as we know and one predicted by some.
 
With constant promises of very unrealistic timescales for getting passengers into space and having only reached 13 miles high to date despite the destination height being 62 miles..
 
Is Branson deluded?
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    Re: Virgin Galactic. Is Branson deluded? 2014/11/01 12:59:59 (permalink)
    I think someone like Branson has to live on the edge of delusion, and yes perhaps he has bitten off a bit more than he can chew this time!

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    Re: 2014/11/01 13:22:29 (permalink)
    If Branson didnt have big ideas and ambitious goals he wouldn't be where he is today. As Prof Brian Cox commented yesterday, we all fly in safety because of the risks of test pilots in the past at some point.
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    Re: 2014/11/01 14:00:30 (permalink)
    He's certainly a bull****ter imo

    He promised millions to environmental projects over 10 years then only gave 200k.
    he rents his island for 61k a night so all in all i think he's a ****. Id go as far to say i wish he'd been onboard and died instead of the pilot

      




     
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    Re: 2014/11/01 14:08:59 (permalink)
    I dont think hes deluded. Just has extremely high and far fetched goals. Still, we need people to attempt the impossible and push boundaries. I know it sounds crazy but imagine in 200 years or something if there is space travel like star trek it could all be down to a discovery made by someone working for people like branson in the space travel industry. The industry is too expensive for governments to invest in without any reward so commercial businesses are our best chance of new discoveries and technological advancements in that field. The sad part is obviously the risk involved and ideally there would be no casualties.
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    Re: 2014/11/01 15:07:13 (permalink)
    We need more people like him with enough crazy and money to have a go at it, as no one else will.
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    Re: 2014/11/01 15:58:18 (permalink)
    He cant even get his trains running on time

      




     
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    Re: 2014/11/01 21:57:33 (permalink)
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/11203634/Branson-spaceship-explosion-The-missed-warnings.html
     
    If this is true it seems he's rather reckless and its killed 4 people already and taken 10 years to get a 'space' craft to the dizzy heights of '71000' feet with another 260000 to go.
     
     
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    Re: 2014/11/01 22:45:02 (permalink)
    After all the money they've invested into this whole thing it's probably going to take a lot more lives for them to cut their loses and move on.
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    Re: 2014/11/01 23:21:18 (permalink)
    I'll echo what others have said. 
     
    It's the people like him and the test pilots who advance human kind. Without them we'd all be cowering in caves scared of fire.

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    Re: 2014/11/02 00:37:18 (permalink)
    The Wright brothers where also considered deluded by many critics. ..
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    Re: 2014/11/02 02:19:22 (permalink)
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    Id go as far to say i wish he'd been onboard and died instead of the pilot


    A bit harsh don't you think??
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    Re: 2014/11/02 05:22:36 (permalink)
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    It's the people like him and the test pilots who advance human kind. Without them we'd all be cowering in caves scared of fire.

    Explain to me how Richard Branson has advanced human kind in any way.
    Sure, he's taken other people's ideas and tried to make money for himself from them.
    That isn't advancing human kind, it's it's increasing his bank balance. Or at least trying to...

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    Re: 2014/11/02 08:32:22 (permalink)
    Progress takes vision, money and sadly often a number of lives are lost along the way.
     
    Let's not kid ourselves though, everyone involved is in it for the money....that's all.

     
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    Re: 2014/11/02 10:21:23 (permalink)
    The test pilots know full well what they're getting in to and I have no doubt they're paid handsomely to do it too.

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    Re: 2014/11/02 10:32:55 (permalink)
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    It's the people like him and the test pilots who advance human kind. Without them we'd all be cowering in caves scared of fire.

    Explain to me how Richard Branson has advanced human kind in any way.
    Sure, he's taken other people's ideas and tried to make money for himself from them.
    That isn't advancing human kind, it's it's increasing his bank balance. Or at least trying to...




    Does anyone else offer commercial space travel? Is anyone else pushing it?
     
    Space travel is never going to advance that far while it's half a billion dollars a pop, the more it becomes commercialised the cheaper it will become. 
     
    Just look at alternative fuel in cars, 10 years ago electric was fairly rare with toyota pushing this strange Prius on us. Now it's become a lot more widely embraced, technology is on the up and prices are down.
     
    I'm not saying the motives aren't largely financial, but it still brings us forward.

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    Re: 2014/11/02 11:19:11 (permalink)
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    Id go as far to say i wish he'd been onboard and died instead of the pilot


    A bit harsh don't you think??


    No, fcuk him.

    From what I've read there were a lot of warnings that it was unsafe, and they went ahead anyway. If he's willing to risk peoples lives for his profit he should be on it too imo

      




     
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    Re: 2014/11/02 14:16:21 (permalink)
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    It's the people like him and the test pilots who advance human kind. Without them we'd all be cowering in caves scared of fire.

    Explain to me how Richard Branson has advanced human kind in any way.
    Sure, he's taken other people's ideas and tried to make money for himself from them.
    That isn't advancing human kind, it's it's increasing his bank balance. Or at least trying to...


    How in any shape or form does this increase his bank balance?
     
    This is the same stupid knee jerk stuff that got Concorde taken out of the air.
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    Re: 2014/11/02 14:18:06 (permalink)
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    It's the people like him and the test pilots who advance human kind. Without them we'd all be cowering in caves scared of fire.

    Explain to me how Richard Branson has advanced human kind in any way.
    Sure, he's taken other people's ideas and tried to make money for himself from them.
    That isn't advancing human kind, it's it's increasing his bank balance. Or at least trying to...




    Does anyone else offer commercial space travel? Is anyone else pushing it?
     
    Space travel is never going to advance that far while it's half a billion dollars a pop, the more it becomes commercialised the cheaper it will become. 
     
    Just look at alternative fuel in cars, 10 years ago electric was fairly rare with toyota pushing this strange Prius on us. Now it's become a lot more widely embraced, technology is on the up and prices are down.
     
    I'm not saying the motives aren't largely financial, but it still brings us forward.


    It actually is start to work with Tesla and Elon Musk, no one else has done as much as that guy for the entire industry.
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    Re: 2014/11/02 16:33:07 (permalink)
    if it does increase his bank balance its because he's offering a service that people want and value more then the money they are holding , after all if he hadn't made money in his other ventures then there wouldn't be any investment in space travel , his end goal might possibly be to increase his bank balance but something will be created that advances the masses as a result.
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