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The billionaire businessman says he’ll ride into space within months, paving the way to routine suborbital passenger trips. Don’t get too excited, says Paul Marks

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WIll Richard Branson take off in SpaceShipTwo this year?

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It emerged this week that SpaceX has postponed a much-vaunted tourist trip around the moon from this year to late 2019 at the earliest for two extremely high-paying, but unnamed, passengers.

So what to make of Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson’s latest declaration, that he is just “month’s away, not years” from finally venturing into space aboard SpaceShipTwo, the company’s eight-seat suborbital spaceplane.

When it comes to suborbital ventures, we have heard such predictions before: Virgin Galactic was originally slated to begin ferrying deep-pocketed tourists …

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