Despite the accident, the Virgin space-plane is an incredible feat...and it's important to note that the craft had over 50 successful flights before the Antares crash. NASA's early history was filled with unwanted explosions, and back in the late 50s, truckloads of scorched debris had to be bulldozed from the launch pad before technicians finally got the rocket engines right. And I say that because early coverage of the Virgin accident was riddled with commentators wagging fingers, accusing Sir Richard Branson of arrogance - and treating space flight as an unnecessary rich man's hobby. Reporters compared him to 1990s "balloonatic" Steve Faucet, or billionaires who buy sports teams because they have nothing better to do. Companies like Virgin, Space-X, Bigelow Aerospace, and XCOR Aerospace are all currently competing to build the first commercial space vehicle. Non-military space flight funded by private companies is the epitome of the American success story, and with the end of NASA's shuttle program, our next generation of astronauts will look a little like NASCAR drivers when you consider a vehicle covered with corporate logos. I hope the Pepsi rocket is first into space. Or maybe something sponsored by Heinz, shaped like a ketchup bottle.
Sadly - but necessarily - space travel requires a percentage of human sacrifice, in the same way that all great human accomplishments have taken lives (from building skyscrapers to fighting disease). But it's in our nature to take those risks that lead to greater things, and let's not forget that one of the Virgin pilots survived. To me, that's pretty damn impressive.
I genuinely believe we are on the verge of extraterrestrial disclosure, and that private space flight companies will expedite that fact. I've preached in this blog - and referenced other sources - that an ET presence is a part of our lives, and has been a presence for many, many years. Our government can't hide ETs for much longer. They've been intertwined in human growth for as long as people have walked on the earth. NASA admitted that they expect to find proof (of aliens) within the next twenty years...but I feel that admission will come much sooner, especially with so many private companies trying to break through the atmosphere - and send commuters to space while armed with FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and iPhones with decent cameras. John Glen might have dismissed his first glimpse of alien life as "fireflies," but I suspect Sir Branson's first flight will be live-tweented - with no chance for NASA to edit the feed before public view. I wonder what we might see?
Whatever the case, please read your conspiracy theories on other sites, and remember that within all the crap, much valid information is available online - side by side with the silliness. Again, I believe that our government has our best interests at heart - but seriously, Jesus. Just open the files, tell us what's happened, and please be honest: Tell us what you know.
We are part of a larger galactic community.
And disclosure will be the first step in forcing us us to act like it.