Can Stephen Hawking Bring Back Virgin Galactic?

Richard Branson enlists the venerable cosmologist to unveil their new space ship

What’s a billionaire to do when his private spaceflight dreams tragically and literally crash? Richard Branson, founder of private space tourism and satellite launch company Virgin Galactic, is looking to regain lost momentum, and fulfill the company’s promise to move forward. To that end, they’re enlisting the help of Professor Stephen Hawking. In February, if Hawking is feeling well enough, he’ll unveil Virgin Galactic’s new spaceship.

From Branson:

It is, at least, an optimistic path forward. Let’s hope the technology rises to the challenge.

Listen to Hawking talk to Virgin Galactic’s future astronauts below:
Kelsey D. Atherton

Kelsey D. Athertonis a defense technology journalist based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work on drones, lethal AI, and nuclear weapons has appeared in Slate, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and elsewhere.