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Virgin Galactic moves closer to taking tourists to edge of space

Santa Fe - Billionaire Richard Branson is moving Virgin Galactic’s winged passenger rocket and more than 100 employees from California to a commercial launch and landing facility in southern New Mexico, bringing his space-tourism dream a step closer to reality.

Virgin Galactic space plane takes first test passenger into space

In its first flight with a test passenger on board, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity flew into the Mojave sunrise this morning (Feb. 22) and soared to an altitude of 55.87 miles (89.9 kilometers), just two months after its first flight.

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity takes to the skies again tomorrow

If all goes as planned, Virgin Galactic will take to the skies again tomorrow, February 20 for the fifth test flight of its suborbital SpaceShipTwo vehicle. The VSS Unity will takeoff from the Mojave Air and Space Port around 7 a.m. local time.

Branson says he'll be in space by July

Virgin boss Richard Branson says he will be travelling in 'space' by July as his Virgin Galactic spaceship prepares for another flight following a test run in December 2018. Branson would like to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Virgin Galactic boldly goes with Under Armour for spacesuits

Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Baltimore-based Under Armour, well known for its footwear, sports, and casual apparel, to outfit the companies rocket jockeys and customers with stylish suborbital spacesuits.

Virgin Galactic ship moves to the edge of space

The race between Space X and Virgin Galactic for space tourism has reached a new milestone, with a Virgin Galactic tourism rocket ship reaching the edge of space in a test flight.

Op-Ed: Tech, arms and Saudi Arabia, defining the problems

Istanbul - Many of the world’s top tech companies and governments claim to have high ideals. Their problem now is that Saudi Arabia, one of the top global investors in tech, is now under a bloodstained shadow. What are they going to do about it?

Chairman of Virgin Galactic suspends partnership with Saudis

Richard Branson founder and chairman of the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic has temporarily suspended a partnership with Saudi Arabia until the issue of missing Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi is cleared up.

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origins moving to catch up with SpaceX

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos is racing to pull his private space company out of start-up mode and move into production amid signals that his firm's heavy rocket set for lift-off in 2020 may slip behind schedule.

Virgin Galactic's Unity has successful 'feathering' re-entry test

Mojave - There were high-fives all around on Monday after Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity successfully deployed the spacecraft's new "feather" re-entry system for the first time over the Mojave Desert.

Richard Branson announces new space venture

Richard Banson's claims about Virgin Galatic and space missions seem as far away as ever. This hasn't stopped the British billionaire from launching a new project.

Virgin Galactic returns to the sky with test-flight of VSS Unity

Mojave - Two years after the fatal crash of the VSS Enterprise that killed the co-pilot, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo passenger spaceship, VSS Unity, took to the sky in a successful test flight on Thursday.

'It's a go' — Virgin Galactic to restart testing of SpaceShip Two

Space tourism got a boost this week when the FAA granted Virgin Galactic an operating license for the SpaceShip Two craft, paving the way for commercial flights that will bring tourists to the edge of space.

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo makes its public debut

Mojave - Virgin Galactic the world’s first commercial spaceline, part owned by the Virgin Group and Aabar Investments PJS, unveiled its recently completed SpaceShipTwo, Feb.19.

Virgin Galactic's bold plan to change face of high-speed Internet

Although high-speed Internet and telephone options are available to billions of people, there is still a large percentage of the population without this important technological benefit.

Can space tourism survive 2 explosions in one week?

The crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two left a pilot dead and another critically injured on October 31. The accident also created a long list of questions about the future of space tourism -- the main one being if it will even survive the fallout?

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert, one dead

While testing the SpaceShipTwo plane early Friday, the craft experienced an in-flight anomaly and has crashed in the Mojave Desert killing one pilot and injuring the other. UPDATED with raw video of the crash site.

Video: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo supersonic test flight

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has completed its third rocket-powered supersonic test flight over the Mojave Desert, hitting heights of a record 71,000 feet. The first tourist flight to space is a big step closer.

Texas planning commercial spaceflight hub

Houston - Houston authorities are planning to reclaim its place in space travel as home of NASA by collaborating with the private sector of the spaceflight industry.

Watch Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo's first rocket-powered flight

Virgin Galactic conducted its first rocket-powered supersonic test flight of SpaceShipTwo on April 29. The flight took off from California's Mojave Air and Spaceport. at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m.EDT/1400 GMT)

Virgin Galactic is almost ready to take to the skies

Farnborough - Sir Richard Branson's dream of commercial space flight is about to become a reality with plans to send the first passengers into space by 2013.

New Space Jet, White Knight Two, Debuts for Virgin Galactic

Space is becoming less and less the final frontier for the common man, thanks to Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic. His latest, ship, White Knight Two, debuted today.

Op-Ed: Space: The Final Frontier

From the earliest times, man has looked to the stars. We see shapes in the stars and give them names, calling them constellations. Ancient man learned to plant and harvest based upon studying the stars. Our next logical step is to travel to them...

Virgin Galactic to Offer Space Cruise through Aurora Borealis

Richard Branson’s upcoming project, the New Mexico Virgin Galactic Spaceport, will be completed by 2010 but already the billionaire is planning to send commercial flights into the heart of the Aurora Borealis very soon.

Virgin Galactic Booking Your Space Trip Now

Are you one of those who look up into the heavens wishing you could float on clouds? Do you feel envious of the astronauts? If the answer is yes and you have a spare $200,000 you are in luck. Virgin Galactic is booking now.
 

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On August 1  VSS Unity went through taxi tests with the help of Land Rover.
On August 1, VSS Unity went through taxi tests with the help of Land Rover.
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A beautiful sight  isn t it? 
 VSS Unity in the air after a successful in-flight test of the  feathe...
A beautiful sight, isn't it? VSS Unity in the air after a successful in-flight test of the 'feather' re-entry system.
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Virgin Galactic s SpaceShipTwo makes third supersonic test flight.
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo makes third supersonic test flight.
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Artist's impression of Virgin Galactic's newly unveiled SpaceshipTwo that's projected to take over 700 space tourists on sub-orbital flights
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VSS Unity  carried by its mothership  had its first flight on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Mark Green...
VSS Unity, carried by its mothership, had its first flight on Thursday. Photo courtesy of Mark Greenberg/Virgin Galactic
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The VSS Enterprise is the first SpaceShipTwo made by Virgin Galactic. Now  the company is set to unv...
The VSS Enterprise is the first SpaceShipTwo made by Virgin Galactic. Now, the company is set to unveil a second SpaceShip Two, marking its foray back into space tourism after a few hardships with an earlier test flight involving the VSS Enterprise.
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The Spaceship Company in Mojave  California.
The Spaceship Company in Mojave, California.
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Virgin Galactic s Sir Richard Branson (right) and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank review possible a...
Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson (right) and Under Armour founder Kevin Plank review possible apparel designs for Virgin Galactic customers and crewmembers.
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“If you’ll build us a spaceport  we’ll bring you a spaceline”
“If you’ll build us a spaceport, we’ll bring you a spaceline”
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VSS Enterprise successfully glides above the Mojave desert to land at the Mojave Space Port. Photo by Mark Greenberg
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Unity soars on July 26, 2018.
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WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo take off for our fifth supersonic powered test flight on February 22...
WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo take off for our fifth supersonic powered test flight on February 22, 2019.
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Scene of SpaceShip Two's "moment of failure" recreation by the NTSB.
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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo.
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"Everything is proceeding smoothly. #SpaceShipTwo & WhiteKnightTwo are headed out to the end of runway."
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