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Besides commercial space tourism, Virgin Galactic also hopes to build on educational and research opportunities. Last week NASA’s Flight Opportunity Program awarded the company a contract with a potential value of $4.5 million. Educational institutions such as Purdue University, Space Florida, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and Southwest Research Institute have already expressed support for research initiatives that will inspire students.

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  1. gubs October 29, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I really do applaud Sir Richard Branson’s Philanthropy and humanitarianism. Also, his steps to make air travel and space exploration with less carbon footprint is a step that I hope other private and federally funded companies follow.

    Just one thing … I was just about to sign up for a flight since I have 200K burning a hole in my pocket when I read that the new $209M Virgin Galactic Gateway will be funded by US Tax Dollars. It seems as though something slipped under the radar since a privately funded company received a serious chunk of the people’s change for it’s headquarters.

    What does it take for someone, here in America, to have federal funds “donated” to their privately funded venture? I feel that as an architect, I am doing what I can to make the world a better place, yet 30% of my paycheck floats away to places such as this Galactic Gateway.

  2. diana2501 October 26, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I thought it had something to do with space??!!

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