, LET’S, LISTEN., gtgt, FRED, THE WORLD HAS A FEW NEW ASTRONAUTS AND I HAPPEN TO BE STANDING WITH TWO OF THEM. SHARICIA AND RICHARD BRANSON.. You JUST FULFILLED A LIFELONG DREAM.. I KNOW YOU SAID EARLIER: YOU COULDN’T FIND THE WORDS TO DESCRIBE IT, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN BACK ON EARTH FOR A COUPLE. Hours. TELL US WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE FOR YOU gtgt I DREAMT OF GOING TO SPACE. Since I WAS A KID.. I HAVE ALWAYS PICTURED WHAT IT WOULD BE LIKE., AND IT WAS JUST FAR MORE EXTRAORDINARY THAN I COULD EVER EVER IMAGINE. FROM GOING NORTH OF 3000 MILES AN HOUR IN 7 OR 8 SECONDS BEING PRESSED BACK INTO THE SEAT. The ROAR OF THE ROCKET TO ARRIVING IN SPACE AND THE SILENCE., AND YOU KNOW TO LOOKING OUT OF THE WINDOW, TO SEEING OUR GLORIOUS, GLORIOUS COLORS OF THE SKY. TO UNBUCKLING AND FLOATING, JUST LITERALLY LIFTING, GOING OFF TO THE CEILING AND FLOATING. Looking BACK DOWN ON THESE BIG WINDOWS, NOW THE SPACESHIP IS UPSIDE DOWN FACING BACK DOWN TO THE EARTH.. Seeing THESE THREE FLOAT AROUND UNDERNEATH ME, LIKE GIANT FISH., GET OUT OF MY WAY. I WANT TO SEE THE EARTH. AND THEN, OF COURSE, WHEN WE CAME BACK INTO THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE, THE SHUDDERING AS THE SPACE SHIP COMES BACK IN. ANYWAY. We JUST HAD A PRETTY EXTRAORDINARY DAY. gtgt. Congratulations! You GUYS.! It HAD TO HAVE BEEN SURREAL FOR BOTH OF YOU. gtgt. I STILL SORT OF FEEL IN MY WHOLE LIFE.

I HAVE BEEN SO FORTUNATE AND THAT I’M GOING TO WAKE UP TOMORROW MORNING AND FIND IT WAS DREAMING.. It WAS LIKE THE MOST INCREDIBLE DREAM. AND JUST WE’RE. All SO LUCKY TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN IT., AND THIS ONE AND THE REST OF THE TEAM ARE JUST BRILLIANT.. This IS SHARICIA. gtgt, I THINK THAT’S PART OF IT. The TEAM AND BETH MOSES. Our CHIEF INSTRUCTOR HAS PREPARED US SO WELL., NOT ONLY TRAINING AND OPERATIONS AND EMERGENCY PROCEDURES. IT’S PREPARING FOR THE EXPERIENCE.. When I WAS SITTING IN THE SPACE SHIP, I KNEW IT WAS REAL.. I KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT AND I COULD FOCUS ON THE VIEWS AND EXPERIENCE.. It WAS JUST INCREDIBLE. gtgt AND SHE WAS WORKING AT A SCIENTIST DOING EXPERIMENTS AS WELL. gtgt RICHARD. You HAVE LONG SPOKEN ABOUT THE OVERVIEW. In FACT, ANYONE WHO HAS GONE TO SPACE REFERS TO THE OVERVIEW, HOW IT CHANGED THEM AND THEY BECOME A STEWARD OF EARTH.. Did YOU EXPERIENCE THAT gtgt IT SORT OF CAPPED IT OFF FOR ME.? I WILL NOW SPEND AND I PROMISE I WILL NOW SPEND THE NEXT I’M AN OPTIMIST. The NEXT 30 YEARS OF MY LIFE DOING EVERYTHING I CAN TO PROTECT THE SPECIES ON THIS BEAUTIFUL EARTH. TO WORK ON CLIMATE CHANGE, ISSUES TO WORK ON TRYING TO STOP THE DEGRADATION OF OUR RAIN FOREST.. All OF THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY JUST TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE THEM GO THE RIGHT, WAY.

AND I THINK THE SAME APPLIES TO EVERYBODY ELSE. On THE FLIGHT. gtgt YEAH, YOU LOOK OUT THE WINDOW, THERE’S, NOTHING, NOTHING AND THEN OUR PLANET. THERE’S, NOTHING ELSE AROUND IT AND IT’S JUST LIKE THAT IS WHAT IS KEEPING US ALIVE AND IT’S. So BEAUTIFUL. AND EVERYTHING FROM THE BLACKNESS CONTRASTED WITH THE EARTH. It’S JUST DEAFENING. IT’S INCREDIBLE. gtgt, NOW THAT YOU BOTH HAVE HAD A TASTE OF SPACE. Are YOU EAGER TO GO BACK UP gtgt? I WOULD GO BACK TOMORROW. If I DIDN’T FEEL, I WAS TAKING A SEAT AWAY FROM THE MANY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY SIGNED TO GO UP AND THE MANY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WHO WILL WANT TO SIGN UP. – AND YOU KNOW WE HAVE ALL JUST LAUNCHED THIS AMAZING – I THINK RAFFLE TODAY.. So THAT ANYBODY IN THE WORLD COULD HAVE A CHANCE TO GO UP., AND I JUST HOPE THAT SOMEBODY WHO HAD NEVER DREAMED OF GOING INTO SPACE WINS THAT RAFFLE AND THEY CAN ALSO BRING A FRIEND COME TO THE SPACE FACTORY.. I WILL GIVE THEM A VIEW OF THE SPACE FACTORY.. Maybe WE’LL HAVE SOME CHOCOLATES AS WELL. gtgt, JUST CHOCOLATES. gtgt, BUT YEAH. We GIVE THEM A MAGICAL, EXPERIENCE. gtgt. Now, WHEN PEOPLE THINK OF VIRGIN GALACTIC, THEY THINK OF PEOPLE GIVING ASTRONAUT WINGS LIKE THE ONES YOU HAVE ON YOUR SPACE SUITS., THEY ALSO DON’T, REALIZE THERE’S A RESEARCH COMPONENT.. Can YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE RESEARCH YOU CONDUCTED AND WAS IT DIFFICULT TO CONDUCT THIS RESEARCH ON THIS? You KNOW RATHER SHORT SUBORBITAL JOURNEY gtgt ABSOLUTELY.

. It WAS NOT DIFFICULT.. Actually, IT WAS AN EXCELLENT RIDE.. I WAS ABLE TO ACTUATE ALL THREE OF THE TUBES I HAD THAT WERE CARRYING PLANTS., BUT THIS IS A CAPABILITY THAT YOU CAN’T PARALLEL WITH ANYTHING ON EARTH.. You GET MINUTES OF MICROGRAVITY THAT DOESN’T EXIST ON ANY VEHICLE DOWN ON EARTH.. So I HAVE HAD A LOT OF RESEARCHERS FROM BIOLOGISTS ASTROPHYSICISTS A LOT OF FOLKS WHO WANT TO USE OUR VEHICLE TO STUDY THE ATMOSPHERE ON EARTH.. We GO THROUGH AN AREA THAT WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF DATA ON, BECAUSE NOT A LOT OF VEHICLES CAN PASS THROUGH THAT AREA. Frequently.. I HAD A LOT OF ATMOSPHERIC SCIENTISTS WHO WANT TO USE THE VEHICLE TO STUDY EARTH.. I LEARNED A LOT.. I WILL HAVE A LOT OF LESSONS TO SHARE WITH OUR FUTURE RESEARCHERS AND THEY’RE CHAMPING AT THE BIT TO GET UP THERE. gtgt RICHARD YOUR OBJECTIVE ON THIS SPACE FLIGHT WAS TO EVALUATE THE ASTRONAUT EXPERIENCE.. We KNOW THAT YOU SAID YOU HAD A FEW NOTES THAT YOU TOOK THAT 99.9 OF THE JOURNEY WAS JUST PERFECT, BUT CAN YOU SHARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THOSE SLIGHT TWEAKS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE gtgt THERE’S ALWAYS FOR ANY NEW COMPANY THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS That NEED IMPROVING., FOR INSTANCE, WE WOULD BE PUTTING EVERYTHING IN OUR POCKETS. AND IF WE HAD TO GET TO THE WATER IT WOULD BE IN OUR POCKETS.. We UNDER SOMETHING ON THE WALL, LIKE YOU, HAVE ON AN AIRPLANE.

THERE’S A NUMEROUS LIST, AND I DO THAT WITH EVERY VIRGIN COMPANY. We START WHETHER IT WAS VIRGIN ATLANTIC. I SPEND THE FIRST YEAR FLYING ON IT TALKING TO OUR STAFF TALKING TO OUR CUSTOMERS, MAKING LISTS MAKING SURE WE DEAL WITH THEM., BUT FORTUNATELY IT’S JUST LOTS OF LITTLE THINGS., AND YOU KNOW BY THE TIME THE NEXT GROUP OF PEOPLE COME. That LIST, HOPEFULLY WIT, GET SHORTER AND SHORTER AND SHORTER. AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WITH A NEW COMPANY. gtgt. One FINAL QUESTION FOR YOU: RICHARD. SOCIAL MEDIA WAS AFLUTTER WITH LET’S, SAY LET’S DESCRIBE IT AS A COMPETITOR SPIRIT BETWEEN YOU AND JEFF BEZOS AND BLUE ORIGIN. JEFF BEZOS, THOUGH JUST POSTING CONGRATULATORY NOTES, SAYING HE CAN’T WAIT TO JOIN YOU OR EXPERIENCE IT AS WELL.. Do YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR HIM AND THE BLUE ORIGIN CREW gtgt WELL, LOOK OBVIOUSLY WISH HIM THE MOST WONDERFUL VOYAGE. AND I HOPE HE CAN HAVE AS WONDERFUL OF A VOYAGE AS WE HAD AND JUST DO YOUR TRAINING.. I MEAN IT’S IMPORTANT TO GET THAT SORT OF SEVEN DAYS OF TRAINING BEFORE YOU GO., AND IF YOU KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT, YOU CAN JUST SIT BACK AND HAVE THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME. AND I’M SURE THAT ALL OF THEM WHO ARE ON THAT SPACESHIP WILL DO. That. gtgt, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH. RICHARD, I HOPE TO ONE DAY GET MY ASTRONAUT WINGS, LIKE YOU GUYS.. Thank YOU AGAIN AND ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TWO NEW ASTRONAUTS.

FRED. gtgt, OH YEAH., RACHEL, ONE MORE QUESTION FOR BOTH OF THEM.: OKAY. Was IT ALL EXHILARATION OR WERE YOU EVER SCARED? Was THERE EVER A MOMENT WHERE YOU WERE FRIGHTENED, gtgt, OKAY, FRED HAS ONE QUESTION FOR YOU GUYS AS WELL.? Was IT ALL EXHILARATION OR WAS THERE EVER A MOMENT WHERE YOU FELT A LITTLE NERVOUS? Did YOU EVER GET SCARED gtgt? You KNOW I DIDN’T GET SCARED BECAUSE I HAD BEEN TRAINED SO WELL.. I KNEW WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN THERE ARE VERY LOUD SOUNDS THAT TAKE PLACE. You KNOW THE ROAR OF THE ENGINE, THE SHUDDERING AS YOU COME BACK INTO THE EARTH’S ATMOSPHERE., BUT WE TRAINED FOR IT. AND SO YEAH.. So I WAS READY AND JUST ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE OF IT. Let’S BE HONEST. gtgt. It CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE YOU DID. FRED THERE. You HAVE IT.

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