Branson Promises Hypersonic Intercontinental Travel Within Reporter’s Lifetime; ISU Dean Says 8 Years

Speaking with Swedish TV4, the ever-talkative and always optimistic Virgin Galactic CEO Richard Branson was repeatedly “hopeful” on the company’s prospects for launching space tourists from Kiruna:

I am hopeful that quite soon after that we have started our space program from New Mexico…that hopefully the next base will be in Northern Sweden“.

The British billionaut- and space-priest-to-be was also vaguely bullish on the prospects of intercontinental travel via space: