The crash of the Virgin Galactic spacecraft appears to have put the dream of private space travel on hold for a while. Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson said he had hoped to be ready to launch the programme by March of next year. But the company says it may take up to a year to investigate the weekend's fatal crash of what was called SpaceShipTwo during a test flight over California. Nine New Zealanders are reported to have signed up for a trip into space, at the cost of around NZ$300,000. One of them is surgeon Dr John Dunn.