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On Oct 4, 2004, the first privately manned spacecraft named SpaceShipOne, demonstrated that a rocket capable of carrying passengers could fly 62 miles above the earth and could do it twice in two weeks.
Visitors at the EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Monday got the first glimpse of a new aircraft that is being touted as the future of space travel.
Founder Sir Richard Branson will take his first-ever flightaboard the Virgin Galactic mothershipOSHKOSH, Wis., July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --When Virgin Galactic Mothership "Eve" (formerly known as WhiteKnightTwo) arrives and executes several low passes on July 27 to kick off the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 weeklong series of showcase flights and air shows, she'll be performing the first of four scheduled flight demonstrations.
Construction of Spaceport America, the worldâ€™s first purpose-built spaceport designed specifically for space-bound commercial and fee-paying passengers, commenced Friday in New Mexico.
The president of Virgin Galactic says the companyâ€™s plans to take passengers into space are just the beginning of a series of space exploration ploys.
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.
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 mothership which will launch the first space tourists into the atmosphere was unveiled yesterday by Sir Richard Branson in California.
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.
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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