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2009-05-07 14:10:00

The president of Virgin Galactic says the company's plans to take passengers into space are just the beginning of a series of space exploration ploys. In an interview with Reuters, Virgin Galactic's Will Whitehorn said the company has collected $40 million from 300 people on a waiting list for space tourist flights. The list includes high-profile names including physicist Stephen Hawking and ex-racing driver Niki Lauda. Each person on that list was willing to give Virgin $200,000. "We needed...

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2009-02-03 13:15:00

Virgin Galactic is collaborating with UK firm Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in hopes of developing low-cost rockets with the capability to put small satellites into orbit in a similar fashion to the US Pegasus system. The companies hope to use Galactic's White Knight Two system, which was unveiled last year and is intended to carry space tourists, as a more affordable means of delivering satellites into space."Hopefully we can do it for a lot less money than the current providers," Dr...

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2008-09-30 15:35:00

Virgin Galactic will join up with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. The first instrument would provide data on atmospheric composition - particularly greenhouse gases. So far, 280 customers have already reserved seats for sub-orbital space flights aboard the vehicles, the company said. Virgin aims to be the world's first "spaceline", taking...

2008-08-04 12:00:27

THE mothership which will launch the first space tourists into the atmosphere was unveiled yesterday by Sir Richard Branson in California. WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), the carrier aircraft which will be used to launch SpaceShipTwo into orbit, "will allow thousands of people to realise their dreams" and "act as a catalyst to transform human access to space", Sir Richard said. Speaking at the launch ceremony in the spaceship's hangar at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, the British...

2008-08-01 15:00:07

By ALICIA CHANG MOJAVE, Calif. -- The space tourism race marked a milestone Monday as British mogul Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan waved to a crowd from inside the cabin of an exotic jet that will carry a passenger spaceship to launch altitude. The photo-op was the public unveiling of the White Knight Two mothership before a crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the high desert north of Los Angeles....

2008-07-29 09:00:00

The space tourism race marked a milestone Monday as British mogul Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan waved to a crowd from inside the cabin of an exotic jet that will carry a passenger spaceship to launch altitude. The photo op was the public unveiling of the White Knight Two mothership before a crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts at the Mojave Air and Space Port in the high desert north of Los Angeles. The four-engine jet, with its 140-foot...

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2008-07-27 12:10:00

Wealthy tourists may soon have the chance to be propelled 62 miles above Earth, thanks to the work of aerospace engineers who have been holed up in a Mojave Desert hangar for four years. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan are expected to show off their top-secret mothership on Monday. The rollout comes only a year after a deadly explosion at Rutan's Scaled Composites' test site killed three technicians. The commercial spaceship marks the...

2008-06-24 09:02:40

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., June 24 /PRNewswire/ -- introNetworks, creators of smart social networks, will soon make history when it builds and launches a social network for Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline. The introNetworks system will be used to connect Virgin Galactic's growing base of future astronauts, who have signed on for a sub-orbital flight aboard the soon-to-be completed SpaceShipTwo. "Since our inception five years ago, we've created smart social networks for...

2008-06-08 16:34:05

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rollout of Scaled Composites' mega-mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, is anticipated late July in Mojave, California — the first phase of a project to create a private space travel business — SPACE.com has learned in an exclusive interview. WhiteKnightTwo is a specially designed jet carrier aircraft, built to haul the passenger and crew-filled SpaceShipTwo to release altitude of roughly 50,000 feet. Once on its own, SpaceShipTwo guns itself on a...

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2008-04-21 14:30:00

Britain's billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson plans to conduct a wedding ceremony 70 miles above the earth's surface. The event will take place next year on the initial Galactic sub-orbital flight, and will make Branson the first man to marry a couple in space.It won't be the first time Branson is involved in an attempt to break a world record. In 1986, he led a record setting trip across the Atlantic in a powerboat. Then, in 1991, he crossed the Pacific in an air balloon, shattering...


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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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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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