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2010-10-04 06:35:00

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne satellite launching rocket has suffered a setback. The future of LauncherOne, which had once attracted 110 million dollars in investment from Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment, is now in doubt after its manager departed the program. LauncherOne was to be air-lifted and launched from Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The rocket would take satellites weighing up to 440 pounds into low-Earth orbit for 1 to 2 million dollars. Aabar Investment offered...

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2010-09-27 09:20:00

Speaking before a business conference in Kuala Lumpur, entrepreneur Richard Branson confirmed that his Virgin Galactic company will be ready to begin commercial space flights within the next 18 months, French news agency AFP reported on Monday. "We just finished building SpaceShipTwo. We are 18 months away from taking people into space," the British billionaire told those attending the conference. According to the AFP, he also noted that the cost of the service would begin at $200,000....

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2010-03-03 15:10:00

Virgin Galactic's chief executive on Wednesday that the company plans to launch test flights into space in 2011, and is financially set after selling a stake to Abu Dhabi's Abaar last year. Virgin Galactic unveiled the first commercial passenger spaceship in December. The vessel represents an expensive gamble on creating a commercial space tourism industry, according to Reuters. "We've passed a lot of the biggest hurdles," Will Whitehorn told reporters on the sidelines of a space conference...

2009-12-07 09:54:00

SWARTHMORE, Pa., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Joshua Bush, CTA, vice president of Park Avenue Travel, one of only 50 travel consultants in the United States to have been hand-selected as a Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent (ASA), will attend the world premiere of SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, Calif., today. Bush is the only travel advisor in Pennsylvania accredited to reserve seats for trips to suborbital space. The unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, developed by Scaled Composites, marks the next...

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2009-12-09 06:00:00

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson unveiled the new bullet-shaped commercial rocket plane that will give tourists the opportunity to take a ride into space and see the Earth while experiencing the thrill of weightlessness. The spacecraft, about the size of a large business jet with wide windows and seats for six, represents a costly gamble on a commercial space tourism industry. The British billionaire said Monday that he hopes to sell tickets for the Virgin Galactic spaceliner at...

2009-11-11 16:09:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") The National AeroSpace Research and Training (NASTAR) Center announced today an international contest for students to design a patch that will commemorate NASTAR Center's newest training program for suborbital scientist-astronauts who will fly aboard commercial suborbital spaceflights. The winning design will become the Official Patch for NASTAR's...

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2009-07-28 13:05:00

Visitors at the EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Monday got the first glimpse of a new aircraft that is being touted as the future of space travel.Virgin Galactic unveiled its WhiteKnightTwo aircraft, which the company plans to use in order to launch crafts into space.Developers of the craft, Burt Rutan and billionaire Sir Richard Branson were in attendance as WhiteKnightTwo soared through the sky as spectators snapped photographs.According to the Associated Press,...

2009-07-17 09:30:00

Founder Sir Richard Branson will take his first-ever flight aboard the Virgin Galactic mothership OSHKOSH, Wis., July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --When Virgin Galactic Mothership "Eve" (formerly known as WhiteKnightTwo) arrives and executes several low passes on July 27 to kick off the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 weeklong series of showcase flights and air shows, she'll be performing the first of four scheduled flight demonstrations. The Monday arrival will be Virgin Mothership (VMS)...

2008-10-04 18:00:03

By Lucy Bogustawski MILLIONAIRE adventurer Steve Fossett died when his plane slammed into a mountain on a cloudy day. The discovery comesmore than a year since the record-breaker disappeared while hunting for a suitable location to try to break the current land speed record. Search teams were led to the wreckage of the 63-year-old's plane earlier this week after ahiker stumbled across a pilot's licence and other ID cards belonging to him. The belongings were found close to where...

2008-10-02 18:00:03

Millionaire Richard Branson used a morning talk show to thank Preston Morrow, who found items of missing adventurer Steve Fossett in the California mountains. "If it wasn't for Preston, I think we would have had no chance of ever finding Steve," Branson, a friend of Fossett, said Thursday on CBS' "The Early Show." The British business magnate noted Morrow, on a day hike Tuesday along a mountain in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., found several items belonging to Fossett, who disappeared in 2007,...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
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This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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