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2009-03-24 08:00:00

Cardmember and Sweepstakes winner will take a journey to the stars SOUTH NORWALK, Conn., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Virgin Atlantic Airways, one of the leading long-haul airlines, announced the winner of its Virgin Atlantic Plastic Galactic Giveaway which was launched in June 2008 when the airline unveiled the Virgin Atlantic American Express(R) Card from Bank of America. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060927/NYW045LOGO) Cardmember Christopher Mohawk of Toluca Lake, CA, earned...

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2009-03-18 15:55:00

A Swedish space tourism firm said on Wednesday that short space flights are set to begin launching from northern Sweden in 2012. "We expect that the first tourist flights leaving from the United States will start around 2011 and that Kiruna (in northern Sweden) will be next about a year later, in 2012," said Spaceport Sweden spokeswoman Johanna Bergstroem-Roos in an interview with AFP. Virgin Galactic, owned by Sir Richard Branson, will run the flights, which will initially send paying...

2009-02-17 06:00:00

PHOENIX, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Before the first suborbital space ship has even flown its first flight, the cost of commercial "space" travel available to the general public has already dropped by more than fifty percent. RocketShip Tours and XCOR Aerospace recently announced that the cost of their suborbital space flight, which will begin operation in 2010 will be just $95,000. This includes a five-night stay at a luxury resort, complete training, medical evaluation and screening,...

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2009-02-03 13:15:00

Virgin Galactic is collaborating with UK firm Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) in hopes of developing low-cost rockets with the capability to put small satellites into orbit in a similar fashion to the US Pegasus system. The companies hope to use Galactic's White Knight Two system, which was unveiled last year and is intended to carry space tourists, as a more affordable means of delivering satellites into space."Hopefully we can do it for a lot less money than the current providers," Dr...

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2008-12-03 07:05:00

The world's first space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, met its first outer space obstacle on Tuesday when a competitor - XCOR Aerospace Inc - began offering half price tickets for suborbital rides. XCOR also announced that it is partnering will long-time developer Jules Klar to sell rides on its Lynx spacecraft for $95,000. The two-seat Lynx craft is still being developed by XCOR and will have its first test flight sometime in 2010. The company plans to take Danish investment banker Paul...

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2008-09-30 15:35:00

Virgin Galactic will join up with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to look at carrying scientific instruments on board one of its space tourism vehicles to gather data on climate change. The first instrument would provide data on atmospheric composition - particularly greenhouse gases. So far, 280 customers have already reserved seats for sub-orbital space flights aboard the vehicles, the company said. Virgin aims to be the world's first "spaceline", taking...

2008-08-04 12:00:27

THE mothership which will launch the first space tourists into the atmosphere was unveiled yesterday by Sir Richard Branson in California. WhiteKnightTwo (WK2), the carrier aircraft which will be used to launch SpaceShipTwo into orbit, "will allow thousands of people to realise their dreams" and "act as a catalyst to transform human access to space", Sir Richard said. Speaking at the launch ceremony in the spaceship's hangar at the Mojave Air and Spaceport in California, the British...

2008-08-01 15:00:07

By ALICIA CHANG MOJAVE, Calif. -- The space tourism race marked a milestone Monday as British mogul Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan waved to a crowd from inside the cabin of an exotic jet that will carry a passenger spaceship to launch altitude. The photo-op was the public unveiling of the White Knight Two mothership before a crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts at the Mojave Air & Space Port in the high desert north of Los Angeles....

2008-07-29 09:00:00

The space tourism race marked a milestone Monday as British mogul Sir Richard Branson and American aerospace designer Burt Rutan waved to a crowd from inside the cabin of an exotic jet that will carry a passenger spaceship to launch altitude. The photo op was the public unveiling of the White Knight Two mothership before a crowd of engineers, dignitaries and space enthusiasts at the Mojave Air and Space Port in the high desert north of Los Angeles. The four-engine jet, with its 140-foot...

2008-07-27 18:00:16

By MURPHY MURPHY reckons the nation's boffins are breathing a sigh of relief that Minister for Science Jimmy Devins made it to the launch of their annual research funding shindig on Thursday. Only a couple of days earlier, Dr Devins was languishing in French Guyana representing Ireland at the European Space Council. French Guyana is on the North coast of South America, which is apparently the best place for Europe to launch its rockets. Ireland spends EUR13million a year on the...


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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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