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Cold Flow Test Over Mojave Desert A Success For Virgin Galactic
2013-04-15 14:03:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic announced that SpaceShipTwo achieved a spectacular "Cold Flow" flight over the Mojave Desert today. The company was working on preparing the craft for its first powered flight, and it said its test objectives during this flight were successfully met. During the test, Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo carrier plane took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port, carrying the SpaceShipTwo underneath. It rose to an...

2013-02-26 16:21:04

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- All things considered, it's not surprising that George Whitesides is president and CEO of Virgin Galactic. Earlier in his career, he served as vice president of marketing for private space-tourism company Zero Gravity before becoming executive director at the National Space Society--and then NASA's chief of staff. And when Virgin Galactic was launched in 2004, Whitesides immediately contacted Virgin headquarters to tell them he wanted to...

Virgin Galactic Starts Forking Out Rent For Spaceport
2013-01-29 13:48:54

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic is begrudgingly agreeing to pay New Mexico rent on the spaceport the state built for Richard Brandon's space tourism business, according to a report by The Associated Press (AP). The report said that Virgin Galactic wrote to the New Mexico Spaceport Authority that it does not believe the state has finished the work necessary to trigger activation of its $1 million annual rental obligation. Virgin also said that if the...

Spaceport Liability Coverage An Issue With Virgin Galactic
2013-01-14 03:50:53

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Officials from Virgin Galactic are reportedly threatening to pull their support from a $200-plus million, publicly financed spaceport in New Mexico unless an accident liability waver is extended to cover manufacturers and component suppliers. According to Edward Helmore of The Guardian, Sir Richard Branson´s space tourism company has been displeased with state lawmakers failure to grant the extension. New Mexico...

First Glide In Powered Flight Configuration Completed By SpaceShipTwo
2012-12-21 15:26:23

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo today undertook its 23rd glide flight in the pre-powered portion of its incremental test flight program. This was a significant flight as it was the first with rocket motor components installed, including tanks. It was also the first flight with thermal protection applied to the spaceship´s leading edges. It followed an equally successful test flight last Friday which saw SpaceShipTwo fly in this configuration, but remain mated to its WhiteKnightTwo...

2012-12-03 04:20:06

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- I/ITSEC, Booth #2401 -- Quantum3D, Inc., a leading provider of visual computing solutions for government and commercial applications, today announced Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline, has ordered Quantum3D's six-channel Independence(®) IDX 7000 image generator. Virgin Galactic will use Quantum3D's most advanced real-time image generator to train pilots on spaceship equipment and command. "Our first priority in sub-orbital...

Build A Spaceport, Wait For Reward
2012-09-23 16:19:30

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the 1989 film classic, Field of Dreams, Ray Kinsella is told, "If you build it, they will come." The developers of Spaceport America have been depending on that idea. So far, it isn't working out. With a $209 billion dollar tax-payer funded price tag, Spaceport America is a rather large gamble for the New Mexico Space Authority (NMSA), the organization who designed, built and will operate the world's first private space...

Virgin Airlines To Give Space Ride To Most Frequent Flier
2012-08-30 05:59:08

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Many businesses and companies have some sort of reward program for frequenting customers. I, for instance, am rewarded with at least two free cups of coffee every month at my local coffee conglomerate, as well as free syrups, refills and soy milk. Credit card companies have cash back programs, giving these card-wielding customers a small percentage back of how much they´ve charged. Sure, it´s not a way to save any...

2012-08-08 06:20:36

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America, the airline that has been reinventing flying since its August 2007 launch, today marks its fifth anniversary with festivities that celebrate the airline's continued job growth, network expansion and award-winning service. In honor of the young carrier's milestone, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee proclaims today (August 8, 2012), "Virgin America Day" in the City of San Francisco. As a thank you to its loyal flyers, Virgin America...

Commercial Human Spaceflight Is Looking To Be Big Business
2012-08-02 08:57:02

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Growing demand for commercial spaceflight could turn a young market into a $1.6 billion industry within ten years, according to a new jointly-funded study. Tourism is driving about 80 percent of the market for suborbital flights to space, with more than 900 reservations already in place, according to Carissa Bryce Christensen of the Tauri Group. The Tauri Group conducted the study -- “Suborbital Reusable Vehicles: A Ten-Year...


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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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