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2010-11-17 17:40:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Today KLM Royal Dutch Airlines announced to the Netherlands press that they were embarking upon a new relationship with Space Experience Curacao (SXC). KLM will be supporting future suborbital flights through purchases, inclusion in their frequent flyer program, inclusion in future KLM vacation packages to Curacao, and other yet-to-be-named support. The flights will be made on the XCOR Lynx suborbital spacecraft. (Photo:...

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2010-10-24 07:45:00

Billionaire Richard Branson said on Friday that Virgin Galactic is planning to compete in the upcoming race to develop orbital space vehicles. NASA plans to issue a solicitation as early as Monday for a follow-up to its $50 million Commercial Crew Development program, which is part of President Barack Obama's plan to revamp the U.S. space program. The program is funding work by five companies as part of Obama's bid to bolster support to private space companies. "There's about four...

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2010-10-22 13:53:39

Virgin Galactic will pass another milestone today in its efforts to bring commercial spaceflight to reality. Billionaire Richard Branson and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will host a ceremony later today marking the completion of the main runway at Spaceport America in the New Mexico desert. Branson told CNN on Friday that Virgin is "getting close" to sending tourists into space. "The mothership has been finished and flying for a while now," he said. "We'll do many, many, many test...

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2010-10-11 09:15:00

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the world's first commercial spacecraft, successfully completed its first solo manned flight on Sunday, the company behind the vehicle's development has announced. SpaceShipTwo, also known as VSS Enterprise, completed a 25 minute test flight and reached an altitude of 45,000 feet before landing at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, Virgin Galactic said in a statement. Flying the ship was pilot Pete Siebold and co-pilot Mike Alsbury. "The VSS...

2010-10-10 14:40:00

Exclusive Documentary Coverage of Historic Milestones on Path to Space Tourism WASHINGTON and MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- History was made Sunday, October 10, on the path to the launch of the first commercial spaceliner with news of the first successful glide involving the mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo, and smaller spaceship, the VSS Enterprise, which safely separated at an altitude of 40,000 feet before returning to earth. The process of reaching this milestone has...

2010-10-05 00:00:00

MOJAVE, Calif. and CURACAO, Netherlands Antilles, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Space Experience Curacao (SXC) and XCOR Aerospace, Inc. jointly announced today the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the wet lease of a production version of the Lynx suborbital spacecraft, pending United States government approvals to station the vehicle on the island of Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles. With a planned start date in January 2014, SXC will market, and XCOR will operate,...

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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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2010-09-30 12:29:32

A senior executive said on Thursday that the lead Russian contractor for the International Space Station (ISS) says it is planning on building the first space hotel to cash in on the growing private tourism market. Alexander Derechine, the company's deputy chief designer, said Energia wants investors for a private space station that would house up to seven people and serve as a hotel. "Commercial space ships are being built around the world, they will need to fly somewhere," Derechin told...

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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....

2010-08-21 08:48:43

A special aircraft designed to launch a suborbital passenger spaceship was damaged in an accident on a California runway, according to Scaled Composites, the spaceship's manufacturer.Scaled Composites, in a statement on its website, called Thursday's incident "minor" and noted that SpaceShipTwo was not attached to the carrier aircraft, known as WhiteKnightTwo.WhiteKnightTwo's left main landing gear collapsed on the runway, according to a report by industry trade publication Aviation Week...


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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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  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
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