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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-19-2012 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Richard Branson wrote today (March 19) on his blog that Virgin Galactic has signed up its 500th SpaceShipTwo passenger: Ashton Kutcher.
Great news today news from our Astronaut Relations team at Virgin Galactic: our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher.

I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.

Among the other celebrities rumored and reported among the first 500 signed up to fly on SpaceShipTwo are: Russell Brand, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Tom Hanks and Victoria Principal.

dabolton
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posted 03-20-2012 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Since the beginning of this, the SpaceShipOne program, Buzz Aldrin has been at most of the press events; I think it would be pretty cool if he went back up again. He surely seems healthy enough.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-20-2012 11:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In October 2010, Aldrin was quoted as saying, "I'd like to be one of the passengers on these flights, of course," while attending a Virgin Galactic event.

413 is in
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posted 03-21-2012 01:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm flying standby. Fingers crossed.

p51
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posted 03-21-2012 09:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does this mean if they get this service going, that people who cross the Kármán line, will get their FAA commercial astronaut wings?

After a few flights, I wonder if the criteria changes...

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-21-2012 09:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA still awards astronaut wings to its crew members after more than 300 have crossed into space. The FAA to date has only awarded two.

I think its going to take more than a few flights before there's talk of any change...

GACspaceguy
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posted 03-22-2012 05:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by p51:
After a few flights, I wonder if the criteria changes...
Only if they start giving pilot wings to passengers on commercial airline flights.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-06-2014 05:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss have become the 700th and 701st passengers to reserve spaceflights through Virgin Galactic, choosing to pay for the suborbital trips using bitcoins. The twins (who famously accused Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg of stealing their idea for the social network) announced the booking on their blog.
Today, we see an independent technological infrastructure being built that allows these courageous entrepreneurs to risk their greatest human resources – their time, intelligence, extraordinary energy, and hard-earned capital – in modern attempts to achieve the unachievable, unconstrained by the technologies and boundaries of generations past.

It is in this vein that Cameron and I contemplate our tickets into space – as seed capital supporting a new technology that may forever change the way we travel, purchased with a new technology that may forever change the way we transact.

music_space
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posted 03-06-2014 08:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ahhh…! If Zuckerberg still holds a grudge, he'll go orbital just to show 'em!

dabolton
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posted 03-07-2014 09:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dabolton   Click Here to Email dabolton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'd rather have had the Kelly brothers as the first twins into space.

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