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[i]We had to find a name for our first SpaceShipTwo to take up and test the experimental mantle of this unique commercial project. But there was only one choice of name...
Two hundred fifty years ago, little did the sailors who captured the Frenchmen onboard called the Entre know the consequences when they added the English word 'prize' at the end. She became the Enterprise in the Royal Navy.
Nor did the U.S. Navy realize when they used the name Enterprise for a flagship and eventually an aircraft carrier that it would one day end up on one of the world's first space shuttles that was used in the early test program.
Neither, of course, did they realize that the name Enterprise would be honored in science fiction as well, and would become a watch word for the very concept of the human endeavor in space for generations to come.
So today I think it is fitting that our distinguished guests will be naming our first SpaceShipTwo the VSS Enterprise.
Now officially, VSS Enterprise stands for 'Virgin Space Ship Enterprise' but given the ambition of this project, I think that we will one day be calling it 'Virgin Star Ship Enterprise.'[/i]
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