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SpaceShipTwo Goes Higher, Faster Than Ever During Test Flight
2013-09-06 07:04:46

[ Watch the Video: Virgin Galactic Gets Ready For Commercial Space Flight ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is readying for its commercial space flight business in 2014 by completing a second test flight on Thursday, September 5, passing with flying colors. During this second rocket-powered, supersonic flight the company's SpaceShipTwo testing craft demonstrated all technical mission phases for the first time, and...

Spaceport America Gets A New Tenant
2013-05-08 04:24:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez announced on Tuesday that SpaceX has signed a three-year agreement to use Spaceport America for flight testing. According to a Spaceport America statement, SpaceX will be leasing land and facilities at the New Mexico site to conduct the next phase of flight testing for its reusable rocket program. “I am thrilled that SpaceX has chosen to make New Mexico its home, bringing their revolutionary...

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Breaks Sound Barrier
2013-04-29 12:57:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke the sound barrier for the first time on Monday, reaching Mach 1.2 in a test flight. In a blog post today, founder of Virgin Galactic Richard Branson announced the “momentous” feat that the company had achieved. "It marks the moment when we put together two key elements of our spaceflight system — the spacecraft and its rocket motor, which have both been tested extensively by...

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...

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...

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...


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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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