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Branson shoots for 2018 space trip as Virgin resumes test flights

His update is the most detailed since the crash of Virgin's experimental rocket plane

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The co-pilot died when Virgin Galactic's original SpaceShipTwo was torn apart in 2014 after he prematurely unlocked a braking mechanism.

Hong Kong

MORE than 2 1/2 years after the fatal breakup of Virgin Galactic's experimental rocket plane, Richard Branson is poised to revive powered test flights as the billionaire entrepreneur targets his first journey into space by the middle of next year.

Following the completion

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