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2006-02-18 10:21:10

LOS ANGELES -- A day after Space Adventures announced it was in a venture to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights, the company said Friday it plans to build a $265 million spaceport in the United Arab Emirates. The commercial spaceport would be based in Ras Al-Khaimah near the southern end of the Persian Gulf, and the UAE government has made an initial investment of $30 million, the Arlington, Va.-based company said in a statement. The spaceport announcement comes on the heels of...

2006-01-26 20:21:13

By Jim Christie SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said on Thursday a plan to spend $100 million in state money to build a facility to launch tourists into space will take flight, despite objections in the state legislature. Richardson, a Democrat considered a potential presidential contender, wants to help British entrepreneur Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic build a one-of-its-kind commercial spaceport near a small town neighboring the White Sands Missile...

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2005-12-16 08:20:00

UPHAM, N.M. -- When adventurer Richard Branson looks out across the vast southern New Mexico desert, he sees the launch pad of a space tourism industry. He envisions a state-built spaceport with roads, launchpads and giant runways, and customers pouring in for the chance to experience six minutes of weightlessness and a view of Earth they had only before seen in photos. "We're going where no one has gone before. There's no model to follow, nothing to copy," the British entrepreneur said...

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2005-12-13 12:03:36

LONDON -- Virgin Galactic, the British company created by entrepreneur Richard Branson to send tourists into space, and New Mexico announced an agreement Tuesday for the state to build a $225 million spaceport. Virgin Galactic also revealed that up to 38,000 people from 126 countries have paid a deposit for a seat on one of its manned commercial flights, including a core group of 100 "founders" who have paid the initial $200,000 cost of a flight upfront. Virgin Galactic is planning to begin...

2005-12-09 00:35:00

LOS ANGELES -- British entrepreneur Richard Branson has chosen New Mexico for the launch pad of his planned space tourism flights, state officials said on Thursday. Details of the agreement are scheduled to be unveiled in New Mexico on December 14 when Branson will fly in for a news conference, Economic Development Secretary Rick Homans said. "We are very excited to announce our partnership with Virgin Galactic next week. It has been a dream in New Mexico for 15 years to build a spaceport and...

2005-10-06 01:25:00

WASHINGTON -- The first privately built craft to fly into space became a museum piece on Wednesday, as its creators aim for an eight-seat vehicle to carry passengers to "that beautiful black sky." A year and a day after SpaceShipOne clinched the $10 million Ansari X Prize by flying to an altitude of 62 miles twice within a 14-day period, the pioneer vessel was unveiled at the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. It hangs between Charles Lindbergh's Spirit of St. Louis, which made the first...

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2005-04-20 17:25:00

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The inventor of the first private spaceship predicted Wednesday that commercial manned space flight would move quickly from joyrides for millionaires to the general public and spawn advances not yet imagined - much as early computers opened the way for the Internet. Wearing a black leather jacket and 19th-century mutton-chop sideburns in his first appearance before a congressional committee, Burt Rutan sketched a futuristic vision for the space tourism industry that was...

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2005-03-01 07:30:00

SALINA, United States (AFP) -- The early stages of American adventurer Steve Fossett's bid to make the first solo non-stop flight around the world without refueling aboard the GlobalFlyer have gone "exactly as planned", organizers said. "Mission control has spoken with Steve and he reports that everything is working well and that he is extremely pleased with progress so far," project manager Paul Moore told a press briefing late Monday. After weeks of weather delays, the GlobalFlyer took...


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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...

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