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Commercial Human Spaceflight Is Looking To Be Big Business
2012-08-02 08:57:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Growing demand for commercial spaceflight could turn a young market into a $1.6 billion industry within ten years, according to a new jointly-funded study. Tourism is driving about 80 percent of the market for suborbital flights to space, with more than 900 reservations already in place, according to Carissa Bryce Christensen of the Tauri Group. The Tauri Group conducted the study -- “Suborbital Reusable Vehicles: A Ten-Year...

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2012-07-12 16:51:32

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Richard Branson announced on Wednesday at the Farnborough Airshow near London that he and his family would be on Virgin Galactic's first trip into space. Branson showed off a full size mock-up of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo aircraft at the show this week. "Obviously this is the most exciting adventure I have ever undertaken," Branson, founder of the Virgin Galactic space program, told AFP. "It's both an entrepreneurial and...

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2012-07-12 16:45:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic hasn't even taken a tourist to space yet, but the company is already expanding its means by partnering with Planetary Resources to launch tools into space. Planetary Resources will be relying on the transportation of Virgin Galactic to launch a series of spacecraft, including the Arkyd-100 low-Earth orbit (LEO) space telescopes. The company's goal is to eventually mine asteroids, but first has to take a series of...

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2012-07-10 11:42:35

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Virgin Galactic spaceship is expected to be making a debut at Farnborough International Airshow, which is considered to be the world's leading aviation marketplaces. The airshow lasts for six days, and will bring 250,000 industry people and fans to a small town west of London. According to reports, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, will be using the event to reveal design changes to the company's SpaceShipTwo. This...

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...

Ashton Kutcher Buys 500th Virgin Galactic Ticket
2012-03-22 04:18:31

Richard Branson the famed owner of Virgin Galactic announced the 500th ticket for a Virgin Galactic flight, reports Ann Oldenburg for USA Today. Branson said, “Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher. I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for...

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...


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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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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
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  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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