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Commercial Human Spaceflight Is Looking To Be Big Business
2012-08-02 08:57:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Growing demand for commercial spaceflight could turn a young market into a $1.6 billion industry within ten years, according to a new jointly-funded study. Tourism is driving about 80 percent of the market for suborbital flights to space, with more than 900 reservations already in place, according to Carissa Bryce Christensen of the Tauri Group. The Tauri Group conducted the study -- “Suborbital Reusable Vehicles: A Ten-Year...

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2012-07-12 16:51:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Richard Branson announced on Wednesday at the Farnborough Airshow near London that he and his family would be on Virgin Galactic's first trip into space. Branson showed off a full size mock-up of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo aircraft at the show this week. "Obviously this is the most exciting adventure I have ever undertaken," Branson, founder of the Virgin Galactic space program, told AFP. "It's both an entrepreneurial and...

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2012-07-10 11:42:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Virgin Galactic spaceship is expected to be making a debut at Farnborough International Airshow, which is considered to be the world's leading aviation marketplaces. The airshow lasts for six days, and will bring 250,000 industry people and fans to a small town west of London. According to reports, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, will be using the event to reveal design changes to the company's SpaceShipTwo. This...

Future Tourism Spacecraft Receives FAA Permit
2012-05-31 10:43:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Space tourism just received one giant leg up by the U.S. government as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Virgin Galactic an experimental launch permit for its SpaceShipTwo. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo will be taking space tourists to suborbital trips above the Earth, and the permit granted by the FAA brings the company one step closer. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered...

Ashton Kutcher Buys 500th Virgin Galactic Ticket
2012-03-22 04:18:31

Richard Branson the famed owner of Virgin Galactic announced the 500th ticket for a Virgin Galactic flight, reports Ann Oldenburg for USA Today. Branson said, “Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher. I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for...

Virgin Galactic Dedicates Commercial Spaceport
2011-10-18 11:12:00

Virgin Galactic and U.S. officials dedicated the world's first built-from-scratch commercial spaceport on Monday. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, rappelled from a balcony, shook up a bottle of champagne and christened the spaceport during the event. “Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said during the ceremony. “We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important...

Virgin Galactic, NASA Ink Space Transportation Deal
2011-10-15 04:57:41

NASA has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic to use the Richard Branson-founded company's spacecraft and southern New Mexico spaceport for suborbital flights, various media outlets reported Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the deal will allow the U.S. space agency to charter a flight from the company onboard SpaceShipTwo, and contains options for two additional flights. If the option is picked up for all three flights, it would net Virgin Galactic a total of $4.5 million....

Space Taxi Launching Test Flight In Summer Of 2012
2011-10-12 11:07:58

Officials said on Tuesday that a NASA-backed space taxi will be making a high-altitude test flight next summer. Sierra Nevada Corp.'s "Dream Chaser" is one of four space taxis being developed that have had support from government funding. The seven-seat space plane will be carried into the skies by WhiteKnightTwo, a carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. Ed Mango, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said at a community briefing at the Kennedy Space Center in...

Virgin Galactic Opens FAITH Assembly Facility
2011-09-20 09:14:57

  Virgin Galactic opened its Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hanger (FAITH) at Mojave Air and Space Port on Monday. The $8 million hanger supports the final stages of production for the company's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. “Today marks another important step along the road to opening space for everyone," Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson said at the grand opening. "We´re extremely proud of the new FAITH building, which is the world´s first...


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