Richard Branson defends Spaceport flights

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SIERRA COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – Billionaire Richard Branson says flights out of the New Mexico Spaceport will take place later this year.

His comments come after a new book called “Branson Behind the Mask” claims that space tourism is just a pipe dream.

Author Tom Bower writes that the rocket motor of Virgin Galactic’s spaceship may never be powerful enough for space travel and that the company has yet to bet granted an FAA license.

Branson says there are some people who want things to fail and the best way to deal with people like that is to prove them wrong.

He says he’ll do just that in the next few months when he plans to take his family on the first space flight. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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