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Virgin Galactic has discovered a demand for their services from passengers other than their target audience of tourists.

Virgin Galactic working with scientists

Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise (credit: Virgin Galactic)

Virgin Galactic, a company leading the space tourism charge, has discovered a demand for their services from passengers other than their target audience of tourists. Scientists from Southwest Research Institute have signed a deal with Virgin Galactic that will allow them to conduct experiments in suborbital space.

This deal allows scientists from Southwest Research to use Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo as a laboratory in space, where they plan to conduct experiments in weightlessness, biology, astronomy and climate research.

Space.com quotes Virgin Galactic’s CEO, George Whitesides, as saying, “Science flights will be an important growth area for the company in the years to come, building on the strong commercial success already demonstrated by deposits received from over 400 individuals for Virgin’s space experience.”

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    How does one Make Contact and Maintain it? I understand the perception and knowledge part, but how long does it take one to be in real communion with this essence? I was priveledged to see what I have seen and have the experiences I have had, with time loss and attempted abductions, but I am not convinced that these experiences were for my benefit, because they are singular events.. not a stream like other things in my life. Undeniable is undeniable right?

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