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Space Tourism Could Be $1 Billion Industry In 10 Years, FAA Head Says
2012-03-22 13:56:32

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Tuesday that space tourism will be a $1 billion industry in 10 years. With the retirement of the space shuttle program, the burden to sending astronauts to low-orbit has been placed on the commercial industry for NASA by the Obama administration. Now that these new spacecrafts are under development, a new industry for space tourism is also underway. Commercial space flights by companies like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic may...

Ashton Kutcher Buys 500th Virgin Galactic Ticket
2012-03-22 04:18:31

Richard Branson the famed owner of Virgin Galactic announced the 500th ticket for a Virgin Galactic flight, reports Ann Oldenburg for USA Today. Branson said, “Our 500th future astronaut customer has just signed up! Even better news is that number 500 is Ashton Kutcher. I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for...

Virgin Galactic Looks To The Near Future For Test Flight
2012-02-28 10:21:39

Virgin Galactic, an arm of Richard Branson´s British conglomerate Virgin Group, is planning to test fly its first spacecraft beyond the Earth´s atmosphere this year, with commercial passenger service to follow within two years, company officials reported Monday. The commercial space venture is also looking to form a partnership with Abu Dhabi as the emirate builds itself a global aerospace hub. Virgin Galactic, 37.8 percent-owned by the Abu Dhabi government´s Aabar...

Virgin Galactic Making Moves For Future Industry
2012-01-04 05:35:57

Virgin Galactic is becoming more active in the commercial space industry by moving staffers to its New Mexico spaceport location. Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides said on Friday that a handful of employees have either moved to Las Cruces or are en route as part of the initial team to be based in the city. "It's still a relatively low number, but I think we're going to see a big ramp up as we approach commercial operations," he told Diana Alba Soular from the Las Cruces Sun-News....

Paul Allen Unveils Stratolaunch Next-gen Spaceship
2011-12-14 06:11:52

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and renowned aerospace engineer Burt Rutan unveiled a plan on Tuesday to build the world´s largest plane to launch cargo and astronauts into space. Allen said on Tuesday that the new venture, dubbed Stratolaunch, would utilize a seldom-used concept:  an aircraft that can take off the traditional way, and then, once it reaches an altitude of 30,000 feet, launch a rocket into orbit. The spaceship would carry satellites, supplies, and,...

Virgin Galactic Dedicates Commercial Spaceport
2011-10-18 11:12:00

Virgin Galactic and U.S. officials dedicated the world's first built-from-scratch commercial spaceport on Monday. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, rappelled from a balcony, shook up a bottle of champagne and christened the spaceport during the event. “Today is another history-making day for Virgin Galactic,” Branson said during the ceremony. “We are here with a group of incredible people who are helping us lead the way in creating one of the most important...

Virgin Galactic, NASA Ink Space Transportation Deal
2011-10-15 04:57:41

NASA has signed a deal with Virgin Galactic to use the Richard Branson-founded company's spacecraft and southern New Mexico spaceport for suborbital flights, various media outlets reported Friday. According to the Associated Press (AP), the deal will allow the U.S. space agency to charter a flight from the company onboard SpaceShipTwo, and contains options for two additional flights. If the option is picked up for all three flights, it would net Virgin Galactic a total of $4.5 million....


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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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