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2012-03-31 07:20:58

On Friday, NASA officials claimed that they were the rightful owners of the Apollo 11 rocket engines found on the floor of the Atlantic Ocean earlier this week by a privately-funded expedition headed up by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, CNN.com is reporting. As previously reported here on RedOrbit, Bezos announced the discovery of the spacecraft's F-1 engines that carried Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon using deep-sea sonar equipment. The engines, which powered the Saturn V...

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2012-03-29 11:38:39

The most famous of all the Apollo missions, Apollo 11 put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon, the first time man had ever stepped foot there. In July of 1969, the Saturn V rocket, powered by five massive F-1 engines, roared into life and launched itself into history books worldwide. Generating 7.5 million pounds of thrust, the engines peeled off of the rocket, as planned, after just two minutes of use. These engines tumbled into the Atlantic ocean and have yet to be recovered....

Space Tourism Could Be $1 Billion Industry In 10 Years, FAA Head Says
2012-03-22 13:56:32

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday that space tourism will be a $1 billion industry in 10 years. With the retirement of the space shuttle program, the burden to sending astronauts to low-orbit has been placed on the commercial industry for NASA by the Obama administration. Now that these new spacecrafts are under development, a new industry for space tourism is also underway. Commercial space flights by companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic may...

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 Looks To The Near Future For Test Flight
2012-02-28 10:21:39

Virgin Galactic, an arm of Richard Branson´s British conglomerate Virgin Group, is planning to test fly its first spacecraft beyond the Earth´s atmosphere this year, with commercial passenger service to follow within two years, company officials reported Monday. The commercial space venture is also looking to form a partnership with Abu Dhabi as the emirate builds itself a global aerospace hub. Virgin Galactic, 37.8 percent-owned by the Abu Dhabi government´s Aabar...

Virgin Galactic Making Moves For Future Industry
2012-01-04 05:35:57

Virgin Galactic is becoming more active in the commercial space industry by moving staffers to its New Mexico spaceport location. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said on Friday that a handful of employees have either moved to Las Cruces or are en route as part of the initial team to be based in the city. "It's still a relatively low number, but I think we're going to see a big ramp up as we approach commercial operations," he told Diana Alba Soular from the Las Cruces Sun-News....

NASA Makes Changes To Commercial Space Taxi Program
2011-12-16 09:49:09

Budget cuts will likely force NASA's reliance on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station for the foreseeable future, NASA´s head of space operations said Thursday. NASA´s planned goals of securing US commercial crew transportation systems has faced significant challenges that could impact its success in the future. And with limited funding to NASA´s commercial crew development (CCDEV) program, it is likely NASA won´t be flying astronauts...

Paul Allen Unveils Stratolaunch Next-gen Spaceship
2011-12-14 06:11:52

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan unveiled a plan on Tuesday to build the world´s largest plane to launch cargo and astronauts into space. Allen said on Tuesday that the new venture, dubbed Stratolaunch, would utilize a seldom-used concept:  an aircraft that can take off the traditional way, and then, once it reaches an altitude of 30,000 feet, launch a rocket into orbit. The spaceship would carry satellites, supplies, and,...


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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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