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Future Tourism Spacecraft Receives FAA Permit
2012-05-31 10:43:55

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Space tourism just received one giant leg up by the U.S. government as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Virgin Galactic an experimental launch permit for its SpaceShipTwo. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo and WhiteKnightTwo will be taking space tourists to suborbital trips above the Earth, and the permit granted by the FAA brings the company one step closer. “This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered...

Space Race 2012 Contest Winner Announced By Buzz Aldrin
2012-05-09 15:42:22

A 27-year-old University of Arizona law student won the "Space Race 2012" contest today, earning him a free ride to space. Gregory Schneider accepted his prize during a Seattle Space Needle ceremony on Wednesday from 82-year-old Buzz Aldrin, who was one of the first men to walk on the moon. The contest, sponsored by the Space Needle and private spaceflight company Space Adventures, opened on August 1, 2011, attracting over 50,000 entrants from all across the U.S. The five finalists...

Secretive Private Aerospace Company Building Reusable Rocket
2012-05-01 12:43:06

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Blue Origin, a space flight company established by Amazon's founder Jeff Bezos, is in the process of developing reusable rockets. The secretive company released details about its plans sparingly in a press release about a design test for its "next-generation Space Vehicle." Blue Origin said its spacecraft completed a series of wind tunnel tests to "refine the aerodynamic characters" of the Space Vehicle's biconic shape. It said the tests were carried...

New Space Venture Backed By Director James Cameron And Others
2012-04-19 11:21:23

A new private space exploration company, backed by filmmaker/explorer James Cameron, is set to be unveiled Tuesday (April 24) at the Museum of Flight´s Charles Simonyi Space Gallery in Seattle, Washington, which will reveal a master plan to chart the future of space exploration. While details of the new company, called Planetary Resources, Inc., have been kept secret, officials familiar with the firm said that “the company will overlay two critical sectors – space...

Image 1 - Dragon Expected To Set Historic Course
2012-04-12 09:20:23

The upcoming launch of a SpaceX spacecraft and rocket on a demonstration flight to the International Space Station is expected to cross a key milestone on the path to operational, commercial missions. "It's almost like the lead-up to Apollo, in my mind," said Mike Horkachuck, NASA's project executive for SpaceX. "You had Mercury then you had Gemini and eventually you had Apollo. This would be similar in the sense that, we're not going to the moon or anything as spectacular as that, but we...

International Day Of Human Space Flight
2012-04-12 04:34:26

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Today marks a day that is epic in every sense of the word as April 12th is known as International Day of Human Space Flight. Fifty-one years ago from today, Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet citizen, made the historic feat of becoming the first man in space -- a move that sparked the beginning of the space race, and brought both innovation and determination to engineers and scientists around the world. The UN General Assembly declared April 12 to be International...

Florida Residents Suffer Loss Of Shuttle Program, California Benefits
2012-04-04 04:01:08

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com As the economy seems to be on the upswing, and the stock market rises to its highest point since 2008, one area in the U.S. has been fighting its own unemployment battle. Last year, president Barack Obama's plan to end the space shuttle program to give companies the chance to send astronauts and tourists to low-orbit space took its first step, as space shuttle Atlantis landed its last mission in July last year. Now, companies are scouring to try and get...


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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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