Elliot Holokauahi Pulham, Chief Executive Officer
It is January 23, 2008, and Sir Richard Branson is speaking to news media and invited guests gathered in New York for the unveiling of Virgin Galactic's suborbital passenger liner, SpaceShipTwo. Branson and Scaled Composites' Burt Rutan have just opened a symbolic set of hangar doors and revealed the tightly kept secret of what the up-sized successor to White Knight and SpaceShipOne will look like. Sir Richard smiles a wide, haughty grin as he speaks of this great undertaking. This is not Mr. Branson, the billionaire chairman of Virgin Group speaking. This is Sir Richard, the explorer and adventurer, ocean-crossing circumnavigator, parachutist, balloon altitude and endurance junkie, Guinness world record holder, and winner of National Geographic's Best Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement; Branson as Sir Edmund Hillary scaling his mountain and jauntily "knocking the bastard off." ...