Richard Branson: 'Why not put a hotel in space?'

The Virgin pioneer is confident he'll prove the critics wrong and make his space dreams a reality.

by Elizabeth Anderson

Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin Group, has said his space venture will succeed despite the sceptics.

‘We have nearly 250 engineers beavering away on our spaceship company. They will succeed despite the sceptics, and that will be sooner rather than later,’ he told MT.

‘We’ll have satellites in space in 18 months. That will mean the three billion people around the world without mobile phone or internet access will be able to get it for a tiny price. And once they’ve done that, we’ll build a spaceship to look like an aeroplane with the idea of orbital point-to-point travel, which means it will fly at 18,500 miles an hour.’

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