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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...

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2010-10-11 09:15:00

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo (SS2), the world's first commercial spacecraft, successfully completed its first solo manned flight on Sunday, the company behind the vehicle's development has announced. SpaceShipTwo, also known as VSS Enterprise, completed a 25 minute test flight and reached an altitude of 45,000 feet before landing at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, Virgin Galactic said in a statement. Flying the ship was pilot Pete Siebold and co-pilot Mike Alsbury. "The VSS...

2010-10-10 14:40:00

Exclusive Documentary Coverage of Historic Milestones on Path to Space Tourism WASHINGTON and MOJAVE, Calif., Oct. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- History was made Sunday, October 10, on the path to the launch of the first commercial spaceliner with news of the first successful glide involving the mother ship, WhiteKnightTwo, and smaller spaceship, the VSS Enterprise, which safely separated at an altitude of 40,000 feet before returning to earth. The process of reaching this milestone has...

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2010-10-04 06:35:00

Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne satellite launching rocket has suffered a setback. The future of LauncherOne, which had once attracted 110 million dollars in investment from Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investment, is now in doubt after its manager departed the program. LauncherOne was to be air-lifted and launched from Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo aircraft. The rocket would take satellites weighing up to 440 pounds into low-Earth orbit for 1 to 2 million dollars. Aabar Investment offered...

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2010-09-27 09:20:00

Speaking before a business conference in Kuala Lumpur, entrepreneur Richard Branson confirmed that his Virgin Galactic company will be ready to begin commercial space flights within the next 18 months, French news agency AFP reported on Monday. "We just finished building SpaceShipTwo. We are 18 months away from taking people into space," the British billionaire told those attending the conference. According to the AFP, he also noted that the cost of the service would begin at $200,000....

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...

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2010-03-23 06:05:00

The VSS Enterprise, an experimental craft designed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic in order to offer space flights to paying customers, has successfully completed its inaugural flight, company officials announced on Monday. On its official website, the company announced that the aircraft, also known as SpaceshipTwo (SS2), completed a 'captive carry' test flight, launching from Mojave Air and Spaceport in California at 7:05am Pacific Time. The VSS Enterprise has been jointly developed by...

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2010-03-03 15:10:00

Virgin Galactic's chief executive on Wednesday that the company plans to launch test flights into space in 2011, and is financially set after selling a stake to Abu Dhabi's Abaar last year. Virgin Galactic unveiled the first commercial passenger spaceship in December. The vessel represents an expensive gamble on creating a commercial space tourism industry, according to Reuters. "We've passed a lot of the biggest hurdles," Will Whitehorn told reporters on the sidelines of a space conference...

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2010-01-12 12:40:00

Cecil Field airport in Jacksonville, Florida was awarded a federal license on Monday to fly commercial space vehicles being designed to ferry tourists and researchers beyond Earth's atmosphere, Reuters reported. Cecil Field has one of the biggest runways in Florida at 12,500-feet long and 200-feet wide. The Jacksonville Aviation Authority, which worked to get its commercial spaceport licensing for four years, plans to offer the runway to a range of commercial space operators including Virgin...

2009-12-07 09:54:00

SWARTHMORE, Pa., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Joshua Bush, CTA, vice president of Park Avenue Travel, one of only 50 travel consultants in the United States to have been hand-selected as a Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent (ASA), will attend the world premiere of SpaceShipTwo in Mojave, Calif., today. Bush is the only travel advisor in Pennsylvania accredited to reserve seats for trips to suborbital space. The unveiling of SpaceShipTwo, developed by Scaled Composites, marks the next...


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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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