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2012-07-11 02:20:18

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today during the Farnborough International Air Show 2012, Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, announced "LauncherOne," a new air-launched rocket specifically designed to deliver small satellites into orbit. With substantial funding already raised from Virgin Galactic's partner aabar Investments PJS, and with commercial flights of this new orbital launch vehicle expected to begin by 2016, Virgin Galactic aims to...

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...

2012-05-30 10:20:51

MOJAVE, Calif., May 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, announced today that its vehicle developer, Scaled Composites (Scaled), has been granted an experimental launch permit from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for its suborbital spacecraft, SpaceshipTwo, and the carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo. "This important milestone enables our team to progress to the rocket-powered phase of test flight, bringing us a major step closer to...

2012-05-21 02:20:44

SAN MATEO, Calif., May 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A NASA-inspired competition is challenging citizen scientists to build hardware for collecting microorganisms at the edge of space. Citizen scientists can win cash prizes up to $10,000 in the High Altitude Astrobiology Challenge, announced Saturday by Citizens in Space, a project of the United States Rocket Academy. If successful, their work may help stop a future epidemic. Citizens in Space project manager Edward Wright announced the...

2012-04-05 10:20:28

NYACK, N.Y., April 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Space Frontier Foundation's Teachers in Space (TIS) project today announced its final call for teachers' applications for free, NASA-sponsored summer workshops. "April 15th is the application closing date," said TIS project Manager Elizabeth Kennick. "There are some slots still open, but we can only accommodate 140 total teachers for these extraordinary experiences." Teachers in Space is a project to inspire student interest in science,...

2012-03-23 03:45:43

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft. Sixteen of the payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Five will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. Two will ride on high-altitude balloons that fly above 65,000 feet. One payload will fly on the suborbital launch vehicle and...

2012-03-21 10:20:20

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected 24 cutting-edge space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, balloons and a commercial parabolic aircraft. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Sixteen of the payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Five will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. Two will...

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...

2012-01-30 10:36:00

MOJAVE, Calif., Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce the final week to register and become eligible to win a suborbital research flight on XCOR's Lynx I vehicle at the Next Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC-2012) in Palo Alto, CA on February 27-29. The deadline for early conference registration and for entering the drawing is the 10th of February at nsrc.swri.org. (Photo:...

2011-11-15 16:59:00

MOJAVE, Calif. and BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In a first of its kind prize for the reusable suborbital research community, XCOR Aerospace and the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announced today that a research flight will be awarded to one lucky paid registrant at the NSRC-2012 Conference (nsrc.swri.org) to be held 27-29 February 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort in Palo Alto, California. "This is a great day for the researcher, educator or the...