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2011-09-08 12:37:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Galactic is pleased to announce the appointment of former NASA, White House and Department of Energy official Steven J. Isakowitz as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. In his role, Isakowitz will have leadership responsibilities across a range of areas as the company prepares to begin commercial operation of its space vehicles. Specifically, he will lead technical oversight of key programs, development and management...

2011-08-10 14:05:39

NASA has selected seven companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space. As part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program, each successful vendor will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. These two-year contracts, worth a combined total of $10 million, will allow NASA to draw from a pool of commercial space companies to deliver payload integration and flight services. The...

2011-07-26 09:54:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASTAR(®) Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, completed the first dedicated NASTAR Suborbital Scientist Training Program for the Atsa Suborbital Observatory project, with eight team members from the Planetary Science Institute (PSI), The Citadel, and other South Carolina colleges. The Atsa project will use a reusable suborbital spacecraft equipped with a specially designed...

2011-07-21 15:15:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., July 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, completed another Suborbital Scientist Training Course for private astronauts that will conduct commercial space research missions on suborbital spaceflights. The fifth Suborbital Scientist class (SS Class #5) included 10 individuals, eight of which were Astronauts4Hire members interested in taking commercial payloads into space as...

2011-05-19 10:02:00

SOUTHAMPTON, Pa., May 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Environmental Tectonics Corporation's (OTC Bulletin Board: ETCC) ("ETC" or the "Company") The NASTAR® Center, the premier commercial aerospace training and research center in the world, and member of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, conducted last week its latest set of Suborbital Scientist space training for future scientist-astronauts and educator-astronauts. Participants learned how to design and fly scientific...

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2011-05-05 06:45:00

Early Wednesday in the skies over Mojave Air and Spaceport CA, the world's first commercial spaceship, SpaceShipTwo, made a milestone glide-test flight and demonstrated its unique reentry "Ëœfeather' configuration for the first time. The test flight, the third in less than two weeks, marked another major key achievement in Virgin Galactic's path to powered test flights and commercial operations. "What an awesome way to start the day. SpaceShipTwo looked positively beautiful today...

2011-04-06 13:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin America unveils its beautiful and sustainable new home at San Francisco International Airport's (SFO) Terminal 2 (T2) today with a series of inaugural flights that celebrate the evolution of travel. As the only California-based airline, Virgin America is an anchor tenant at SFO's new T2, which offers a unique design that echoes the airline's own focus on reinventing the typical domestic flying experience. Much like the airline that...

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2011-03-01 06:10:00

Virgin Galactic said on Monday that its commercial space flight program will not include just sending space tourists into space, but also scientists who will conduct research experiments. Virgin Galactic signed a contract with Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) that was the first agreement to fly scientists into space. SwRI made deposits for two researchers to fly on a Virgin Galactic spacecraft at $200,000 per person. Virgin Galactic said that SwRI plans to make similar arrangements for...

2011-01-29 00:02:02

Scaled Composites Uses GL Studio for Avionics Interface Development In Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise Spaceship and VMS Eve Aircraft Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 27, 2011 The DiSTI Corporation, a leading provider of advanced graphical interface technology, has announced that Scaled Composites, Burt Rutan's experimental aircraft company and winner of the coveted Ansari X PRIZE for Space Flight in 2004, utilized DiSTI's GL Studio to produce a comprehensive avionics systems solution for the...

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2011-01-04 12:00:00

Muse, an English rock band, is considering approaching Richard Branson about performing in space on a Virgin Galactic suborbital spaceship. According to the Guardian, the trio from Teignmouth, Devon have had "coherent conversations" about bringing their music to suborbital spaceships, and hope to talk to Richard Branson about a collaboration with Virgin Galactic. "Maybe I've seen The Jetsons too many times," frontman Matt Bellamy told the Sun. Muse have had several discussions "about...


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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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