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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....

Virgin Galactic Dedicates Commercial Spaceport
2011-10-18 11:12:00

Virgin Galactic and U.S. officials dedicated the world's first built-from-scratch commercial spaceport on Monday. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, rappelled from a balcony, shook up a bottle of champagne and christened the spaceport during the event. “Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said during the ceremony. “We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important...

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....

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...

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2011-03-01 06:10:00

Virgin Galactic said on Monday that its commercial space flight program will not include just sending space tourists into space, but also scientists who will conduct research experiments. Virgin Galactic signed a contract with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) that was the first agreement to fly scientists into space. SwRI made deposits for two researchers to fly on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at $200,000 per person. Virgin Galactic said that SwRI plans to make similar arrangements for...

2010-11-27 00:00:51

""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Nov.18, 2010 at the Four Seasons was a huge success. Miami, FL (PRWEB) November 25, 2010 ""¦.blast off!" That's right - The event for Forest Travel and Virgin Galactic held on Thursday, Nov.18, 2010, at the Four Seasons was a huge success. When entering the Miami Ball Room, guests were registered as future astronauts. From then on, the experience became astonishing and very genuine! Guests...

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2010-11-18 09:55:00

Construction on the world's first commercial passenger space terminal is expected to be completed sometime next year, with flights set to begin launching within 18 months, according to a Wednesday evening article by Dennis J. Carroll of Reuters. Spaceport America, as it has been dubbed, will be located near the town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. According to Carroll, a two-mile long runway was completed at the facility in October, and an air-fire rescue center and an over 100,000...


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