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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....

Paul Allen Unveils Stratolaunch Next-gen Spaceship
2011-12-14 06:11:52

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan unveiled a plan on Tuesday to build the world´s largest plane to launch cargo and astronauts into space. Allen said on Tuesday that the new venture, dubbed Stratolaunch, would utilize a seldom-used concept:  an aircraft that can take off the traditional way, and then, once it reaches an altitude of 30,000 feet, launch a rocket into orbit. The spaceship would carry satellites, supplies, and,...

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....

Space Taxi Launching Test Flight In Summer Of 2012
2011-10-12 11:07:58

Officials said on Tuesday that a NASA-backed space taxi will be making a high-altitude test flight next summer. Sierra Nevada Corp.'s "Dream Chaser" is one of four space taxis being developed that have had support from government funding. The seven-seat space plane will be carried into the skies by WhiteKnightTwo, a carrier aircraft for Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. Ed Mango, manager of NASA's Commercial Crew Program, said at a community briefing at the Kennedy Space Center in...

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...

Virgin Galactic Opens FAITH Assembly Facility
2011-09-20 09:14:57

  Virgin Galactic opened its Final Assembly, Integration and Test Hanger (FAITH) at Mojave Air and Space Port on Monday. The $8 million hanger supports the final stages of production for the company's WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo. “Today marks another important step along the road to opening space for everyone," Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson said at the grand opening. "We´re extremely proud of the new FAITH building, which is the world´s first...


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Sir Richard Branson
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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