According to Richard Branson, he can’t afford for anyone to die aboard his space flights, but it does pose a safety risk to anyone on board.
NASA has a three percent death rate for those going into space; re-entry is particularly dangerous. Sir Branson said a public company like NASA runs on different rules than a privately owned company like Virgin Galactic, and he can’t afford anyone dying on his flights.
Despite the risks, Branson intends to take his kids with him on the first flight, which could take place in the fall.
Virgin Galactic will use a reusable spacecraft for the flights into space.
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