Wealthier nations bid for Branson’s Galactic
Australia appears to have been beaten to the punch as a potential base for a space tourism industry by wealthy interests in other countries.
Virgin Galactic chairman Richard Branson was touting Australia as a site for a Galactic spaceport as recently as last year, reports the Australian. But Sir Richard said that several countries were now bidding for the spaceports as the project moves closer to reality â€“ and Australia was not among them.
â€Because spaceship programs are not cheap to develop, I think we’re going to prioritise one or two of the countries that are paying quite considerable sums of money for us to go there first,â€ he said.
Sir Richard said Australia could conceivably participate in the bidding, but Galactic had not asked authorities here whether they were interested.
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