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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....

2011-10-13 14:42:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 13, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Galactic has confirmed an order from NASA for up to three charter flights on its privately-built spacecraft to provide opportunities for engineers, technologists, and scientific researchers to conduct cutting-edge experiments in suborbital space. The agreement calls for NASA to charter a full flight from Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, and includes options for two additional charter flights. If all options are...

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...

Former NASA Exec Moves To Virgin Galactic
2011-10-12 07:06:17

One of NASA´s top officials is heading to Virgin Galactic, the commercial spaceflight company owned by Richard Branson´s Virgin Group, the company announced on Tuesday. Michael P. Moses, NASA´s former space shuttle program manager and flight director is leaving NASA to oversee operations at Virgin Galactic as Vice President of Operations. The company named Moses to oversee planning and execution of all operations of the company´s commercial suborbital spaceflight...

2011-09-27 07:57:00

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Have you ever wanted to go to space? Not a multi-millionaire? No problem. rSPACE LLC, a company whose goal is to allow everyone the chance to actively and personally participate in a real rocket launch into outer space, announces the historical formation of the DNA Astronaut Corps. DNA Astronaut is the idea of J.P. Stevens, President and CEO of rSPACE LLC, former advisor to U.S. Senator John Glenn, Vice President of Space at the Aerospace...

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...

2011-09-19 12:43:00

STOCKHOLM, September 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The VMS messenger app, already available in the U.S., will be marketed by a subsidiary of Swedish Ironroad AB (publ). VMS is a video message service that can be downloaded for free as an app. The service is used between mobile users, video bloggers and companies that want to communicate directly with their customers via mobile phones. The Canadian market is strategically important because VMS has exciting content in the app...

2011-09-19 06:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif., and CURACAO, Sept. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Expedition Curacao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the completion of a multi-million dollar transaction that secures the wet lease of production Lynx tail number two for operation on the Caribbean island of Curacao, pending export licensing action. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110812/LA51851) "Since we signed the initial Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October of 2010, XCOR and...

2011-09-08 12:37:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Galactic is pleased to announce the appointment of former NASA, White House and Department of Energy official Steven J. Isakowitz as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In his role, Isakowitz will have leadership responsibilities across a range of areas as the company prepares to begin commercial operation of its space vehicles. Specifically, he will lead technical oversight of key programs, development and management...

Spacecraft Funded By Amazom Executive Crashes
2011-09-04 05:02:31

  An unmanned spacecraft funded by Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos veered off course during a recent test flight and had to be destroyed, the Wall Street Journal first reported Saturday. In the article, reporter Andy Pasztor said that the incident with the Blue Origin LLC-developed vehicle occurred on August 24 at the company's spaceport in West Texas. Pasztor noted that the vehicle "started to go off course and ground personnel lost normal contact with the vehicle." Investigators...


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Sir Richard Branson
2013-08-10 06:47:02

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson, born July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England, is a British business magnate and investor. He is best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies. His net worth as of 2013 is $4.6 Billion (US). He is the fourth (4th) richest person in the UK, according to Forbes Magazine. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. By 1969, Branson was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British...

Owen Garriott
2012-10-02 10:26:07

Owen Garriott is a former United States Navy officer and NASA astronaut. He was born Owen Kay Garriott on November 22, 1930 in Enid, Oklahoma. In 1948 he graduated from Enid High School and then went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering in 1953. He subsequently joined the United States Navy and worked his way to the role of officer. However, just three years later Garriott decided to leave the Navy to pursue a higher...

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