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2011-05-05 06:45:00

Early Wednesday in the skies over Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, the world's first commercial spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, made a milestone glide-test flight and demonstrated its unique reentry "Ëœfeather' configuration for the first time. The test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marked another major key achievement in Virgin Galactic's path to powered test flights and commercial operations. "What an awesome way to start the day. SpaceShipTwo looked positively beautiful today...

2011-03-15 13:22:00

BOSTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- To celebrate its Grand Launch, TripAlertz, a private, members-only travel site that uses the power of collective buying to deliver guaranteed best prices, is offering the chance to win a "Free Epic Journey into Space!" You can lift-off with Colonel Rick Searfoss (retired), who is one of only seven astronauts with more than 50 flights in rocket-powered vehicles. Entry into this "out of this world" promotion is free. The winner can assign the trip,...

2010-12-21 14:25:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is seeking proposals from researchers interested in testing new technologies during suborbital flights. The agency also is requesting information from commercial suborbital reusable launch vehicle providers and commercial payload integrators about carrying the technology payloads. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The selected payloads will fly on aircraft that provide parabolic flight trajectories and...

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2010-12-17 08:55:00

Virgin Galactic (VG), the commercial space line owned by British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, has announced plans to support two separate companies competing as part of a NASA-sponsored plan to stimulate private-sector spacecraft development. The two firms, Sierra Nevada Space Systems (SNC) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC), have each prepared proposals for reusable winged vehicles that can launch on expendable rockets and land on runways--much like the US space agency's own space...

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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...

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...

2010-03-12 03:00:00

LONDON, March 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- To coincide with Mother's Day, InterCasino, ( http://www.intercasino.co.uk/) the world's first online casino, is offering anyone with the mother-in-law from hell a once-in-a-lifetime chance to escape, by being propelled into suborbital space. Whilst many of us might wish we could put our mother-in-law in a space shuttle and never have to face her wrath again, InterCasino's new campaign offers players the chance to escape by winning their own...

2010-02-20 08:44:14

2011 Follow Op Conference Planned The Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference (NSRC) has brought the research and education communities together with suborbital vehicle providers and government funding agencies for the first time. "When we conceived the idea for NSRC last summer, many people were skeptical that such a meeting would generate much interest. Honestly, some thought the research and education communities were simply not interested in suborbital science," says meeting...

2010-01-21 07:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce the participation of three USRA scientists in the inaugural session of an innovative training course designed to provide scientist-astronauts with a wide variety of information and experiences involving various aspects of human suborbital spaceflight. This ground-breaking two-day course, offered by the National AeroSpace Training and Research Center (The NASTAR Center),...


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