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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...

2008-03-26 23:34:47

GOLDEN, Colo. — XCOR Aerospace of Mojave, Calif. unveiled plans today for a new entry in the suborbital spaceship business — a rocket-powered space plane to be known as the Lynx. The Lynx is being designed to carry a pilot and a passenger or payload on flights into suborbital space. Company officials are eyeing 2010 as the date for the inaugural launch of the vehicle. Lynx is roughly the size of a small private airplane. It would be capable of flying several times a day making...

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2008-02-22 09:50:00

Seeking an out-of-this-world travel destination?Outer space will rocket into reality as "the" getaway of this century, according to researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of Rome La Sapienza.In fact, the "final frontier" could begin showing up in travel guides by 2010, they predict."In the twenty-first century, space tourism could represent the most significant development experienced by the tourism industry," says Prof. Fred DeMicco, ARAMARK Chair in UD's Hotel,...

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2008-02-21 14:36:51

With its imminent commercial space launch scheduled for 2010, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic announced plans on Thursday to authorize the construction of five more crafts to carry prospective clients into space. So far, about 80,000 hopeful travelers have deposited more than $31 million toward their ultimate goal of obtaining $200,000 tickets for a journey that promises five minutes in space. On Virgin Galactic's Web site, determined travelers are asked to make a minimum deposit of at...

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2008-01-23 11:20:00

On Wednesday, Entrepreneur Richard Branson unveiled a model of the spaceship he hopes will be the first to take paying passengers into space on a regular basis.Branson, owner of Virgin Galactic, is one of several commercial enterprises vying to offer the ultimate in sightseeing. He told Reuters that his SpaceShipTwo will start test flights later this year."2008 is going to be the year of the spaceship. We're excited about this, and everything it will do," Branson told reporters at a media...

2007-11-28 14:47:34

GOLDEN, Colo. -- From a new array of space-enabled technologies to the emerging commercial market for passenger space travel, the commercialization of next-generation space enterprises appears to be well under way. But challenges exist, industry officials said, including making sure that entrepreneurial firms gain proper financial footing and overcoming the legal, regulatory and insurance obstacles that could undermine the profit potential of the emerging commercial space industry....

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2007-08-26 16:20:00

LOS ANGELES -- As a female voice coos, "Welcome to space," six passengers in skintight spacesuits unbuckle their seat belts and somersault in zero gravity, occasionally peeking back at Earth through the private spaceship's large portholes. Virgin Galactic showed off this animated video promoting the weightless joys of commercial space travel at a trade show for experimental aircraft last month. But the excitement was overshadowed three days later when a deadly flash explosion rocked a Mojave...


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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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