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2008-09-30 15:35:00

Virgin Galactic will join up with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. The first instrument would provide data on atmospheric composition - particularly greenhouse gases. So far, 280 customers have already reserved seats for sub-orbital space flights aboard the vehicles, the company said. Virgin aims to be the world's first "spaceline", taking...

2008-08-04 12:00:27

THE mothership which will launch the first space tourists into the atmosphere was unveiled yesterday by Sir Richard Branson in California. WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), the carrier aircraft which will be used to launch SpaceShipTwo into orbit, "will allow thousands of people to realise their dreams" and "act as a catalyst to transform human access to space", Sir Richard said. Speaking at the launch ceremony in the spaceship's hangar at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, the British...

2008-08-01 15:00:07

By ALICIA CHANG MOJAVE, Calif. -- The space tourism race marked a milestone Monday as British mogul Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan waved to a crowd from inside the cabin of an exotic jet that will carry a passenger spaceship to launch altitude. The photo-op was the public unveiling of the White Knight Two mothership before a crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the high desert north of Los Angeles....

2008-06-24 09:02:40

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- introNetworks, creators of smart social networks, will soon make history when it builds and launches a social network for Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline. The introNetworks system will be used to connect Virgin Galactic's growing base of future astronauts, who have signed on for a sub-orbital flight aboard the soon-to-be completed SpaceShipTwo. "Since our inception five years ago, we've created smart social networks for...

2008-06-08 16:34:05

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rollout of Scaled Composites' mega-mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, is anticipated late July in Mojave, California — the first phase of a project to create a private space travel business — SPACE.com has learned in an exclusive interview. WhiteKnightTwo is a specially designed jet carrier aircraft, built to haul the passenger and crew-filled SpaceShipTwo to release altitude of roughly 50,000 feet. Once on its own, SpaceShipTwo guns itself on a...

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2008-04-21 14:30:00

Britain's billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson plans to conduct a wedding ceremony 70 miles above the earth's surface. The event will take place next year on the initial Galactic sub-orbital flight, and will make Branson the first man to marry a couple in space.It won't be the first time Branson is involved in an attempt to break a world record. In 1986, he led a record setting trip across the Atlantic in a powerboat. Then, in 1991, he crossed the Pacific in an air balloon, shattering...

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2008-02-21 14:36:51

With its imminent commercial space launch scheduled for 2010, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announced plans on Thursday to authorize the construction of five more crafts to carry prospective clients into space. So far, about 80,000 hopeful travelers have deposited more than $31 million toward their ultimate goal of obtaining $200,000 tickets for a journey that promises five minutes in space. On Virgin Galactic's Web site, determined travelers are asked to make a minimum deposit of at...

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2008-01-23 11:20:00

On Wednesday, Entrepreneur Richard Branson unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis.Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, is one of several commercial enterprises vying to offer the ultimate in sightseeing. He told Reuters that his SpaceShipTwo will start test flights later this year."2008 is going to be the year of the spaceship. We're excited about this, and everything it will do," Branson told reporters at a media...

2007-03-27 10:42:34

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- New Mexico officials have set the ground work to lease part of its commercial spaceport to Virgin Galactic as a base for its space tourism company. British entrepreneur Richard Branson and the state signed a 37-page memorandum of agreement Monday, setting the terms of a lease that calls for the company to pay the state $27.5 million over 20 years. The agreement isn't legally binding, but state Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said he expects a lease based on the...

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2006-09-29 08:40:00

NEW YORK (AP) - British entrepreneur Richard Branson on Thursday unveiled an interior mock-up of the suborbital spaceship that his company plans to use to take paying passengers into space. The full-size model of the interior of SpaceShipTwo was shown during a technology show in New York. The spaceship, to be operated by Virgin Galactic, will hold six passengers and two pilots. The mock-up featured a spacious cabin with reclining seats and large portholes. The interior is designed to give...


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