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On Burt Rutan:

Long an outspoken adversary of the mainstream space industry and NASA, Rutan cocked a victorious snoot at his rivals, deriding what he called the "Boeings, the Lockheeds, the naysayers in Houston."

"If they got a look at how this flight was run and how we developed the capabilities of this ship and its safety, I think they would look at each other right now and say 'We're screwed,'" he said.

"I have a hell of lot bigger goal than they do," he said vowing to develop a commercial spacecraft for Branson that would be "at least 100 times safer than anything that is ever flown into space."

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