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Virgin Galactic Moves Flight Activities To New Mexico As It Prepares To Send Tourists To Space

Virgin Galactic is truly gearing up for commercial trips to space. The company announces the relocation of their spaceflight activities to Spaceport America in New Mexico, the first spaceport in the world specially built for spaceflights.

Space May 11, 2019

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity Spaceplane Pilots Complete Fastest Glide Test

Richard Branson has announced Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity spaceplane successfully completed its fastest glide flight to date. This means Branson is well on his way to making his dreams of going to space a reality.

Space January 15, 2018

FAA Grants Virgin Galactic License For SpaceShipTwo Craft That Will Carry Tourists To Space

The FAA granted Richard Branson's space tourism company Virgin Galactic operating license for its SpaceShipTwo craft. The license may eventually pave way for commercial flights that will bring tourists to low Earth orbit.

Space August 3, 2016

Startup Boom Teams Up With Virgin Galactic To Create Supersonic Planes

Startup company Boom has teamed up with Virgin Group's Virgin Galactic to design and manufacture supersonic passenger planes. Affordability will be among the top priorities for the project, which is still in its early stages.

FUTURE TECH March 24, 2016

This Is How Virgin Galactic Makes Its Spaceship Unity Safer

Virgin Galactic assures that its new Spaceship Unity is much safer than its predecessor. The spaceflight company has tweaked a few safety features inside the new spaceship.

Space February 22, 2016

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Returns After 2014 Tragic Crash

Virgin Galactic returns to the scene with the unveiling of its SpaceShipTwo. The launch came more than a year after the tragic 2014 crash during one of the company's test flights.

Space February 20, 2016

Virgin Galactic Rolls Out New SpaceShipTwo Space Tourism Rocket

With the second version of the SpaceShipTwo unveiled, Virgin Galactic is back in the game. Even after a few setbacks after the events of 2014, the company is still serious about making space tourism a reality.

Space February 19, 2016

Virgin Galactic Unveils Fashionable New Flight Suits

Virgin Galactic has unveiled a new flight suit ahead of the unveiling of its latest space ship. These suits, however, don't look like your average Virgin products and feature a classy black look rather than the expected red and purple.

FUTURE TECH January 14, 2016

Meet Cosmic Girl: Virgin Galactic Will Launch Satellites From This Jumbo Jet

Virgin Galactic has added an aircraft to its fleet called Cosmic Girl. The Boeing 747-400 will be an airborne platform to launch satellites for the LauncherOne.

Space December 7, 2015

Virgin Galactic To Unveil New Spaceship In February 2016: The Second SpaceShipTwo

Roughly one year after its SpaceShipTwo disintegrated and claimed the life of a pilot, Virgin Galactic is now back on track with its project. The private spaceflight company is gearing up to unveil a new version of the spaceship in early 2016, with tests to begin shortly after.

FUTURE TECH November 4, 2015

Virgin Galactic Succeeds In Testing NewtonThree Liquid Rocket Engine

Virgin Galactic reports that it had successfully test fired its NewtonThree rocket engine at the company's facility in Mojave, California. The experimental rocket engine will be used to launch LauncherOne spacecraft into orbit.

Space October 1, 2015

Safety Board To Shed Light On Circumstances Behind Virgin Galactic Crash

The NTSB will release a full report on its investigation behind last year’s Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Two crash, Tuesday. Officials said the crash was potentially caused by co-pilot error, leading to the co-pilot’s death. The agency meeting will be webcast live.

Space July 30, 2015

NTSB Finds Lack Of Protections For Human Error To Blame For Virgin Galactic Crash

The NTSB has released its findings into the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo last October.

FUTURE TECH July 28, 2015

Virgin Galactic Pilot Opens Up About Tragic Crash

A pilot from Virgin Galactic recalls the incidents that occurred during the fatal crash of their airship in October 2014. He particularly pays tribute to his colleague, who died in the accident.

Space June 4, 2015

Google Bets Big on Elon Musk's Internet Satellite Plan: $1 Billion

Google and investment company Fidelity will now own about 10 percent of SpaceX. The deal may boost the plans of both Google and SpaceX to provide low-cost access to the Internet to still disconnected parts of the world.

Business January 21, 2015

Virgin Galactic Partners with Qualcomm to Deploy Network of Satellites for High-Speed Internet

The OneWeb system is a low Earth orbit constellation of satellites that will bring high-speed Internet and telephone communications to people around the globe.

Internet January 17, 2015

Richard Branson Has Put DeepFlight Challenger Project 'On Ice' For Now

Virgin Galactic is scrapping its five ocean dive plans with its DeepFlight Challenger, which was supposed to bring aquanauts to the bottom of the ocean. A statement from the submarine's builder hinted why.

Animals December 16, 2014

Virgin Galactic CEO: Space Tourism Industry Presses On

Virgin Galactic head says crash of SpaceShipTwo won't stop company from going ahead with space tourism plans. New vehicle will be ready in a few months, CEO George Whitesides promises.

Space November 14, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash: Surviving pilot had a miraculous escape - Here's why

SpaceShipTwo pilot Peter Siebold survived the Oct. 31 crash that killed his co-pilot Mike Alsbury. In an interview with NTSB investigators, the 43 year old pilot relayed how he managed to stay alive.

Space November 13, 2014

Surviving SpaceShipTwo pilot shares harrowing story

Peter Siebold, the only survivor of the SpaceShipTwo crash on October 31, has shared his story with the National Transportation Safety Board. The crash may have been caused in part by co-pilot Michael Alsbury unlocking a braking mechanism too early.

Space November 12, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash threatens to crush space tourism dream: Passengers seek refund

Virgin Galactic starts to experience the negative effects of the fatal SpaceShipTwo crash last month. The company revealed that about two dozens of its passengers have already asked for a refund.

Space November 11, 2014

What really caused Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo to crash during test flight? Here are some theories

As the probe on the crash of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo continues, the cockpit video is giving NTSB investigators hints on what possibly caused the fatal accident.

FUTURE TECH November 5, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash due to pilot error: NTSB

No one was more surprised than Virgin Galactic when the SpaceShipTwo crashed. Now according to the NTSB, pilot error may have caused the problem that brought the aircraft down.

Space November 5, 2014

SpaceShipTwo crash will not deter Virgin Galactic from developing 2nd rocket plane

George Whitesides, the CEO of Virgin Galactic, said that the company plans to push through with work on the second rocket plane despite the explosion of the SpaceShipTwo that left one pilot dead. The second spacecraft could be ready by next year once the NTSB probe has concluded.

Space November 4, 2014

Faulty tail deployment caused Virgin Galactic crash

Officials investigating the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash now have a reason for the tragedy that killed one pilot and caused severe injuries in another: the spacecraft's tail deployed too early.

Geek November 3, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo explodes during test flight: What really happened

After the costly disaster with Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, which is supposed to bring tourists to space, exploded during a test flight on Oct. 31.

Space November 3, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash will not crush space tourism dream, Branson vows to find explosion cause

Industry experts believe that the fatal explosion of SpaceShipTwo is not likely to have a long-term negative impact on Virgin Galactic and the space tourism industry.

Space November 3, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two test flight crash prompts NTSB probe

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are combing the wreckage of SpaceShip Two, in the first federal investigation by the NTSB into a fatal spaceship accident.

Space November 2, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash a huge setback for commercial space travel: Richard Branson speaks out

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson vows to continue with dream of taking people into space. Remarks follow fatal accident during test flight of space tourism craft SpaceShipTwo.

Space November 2, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship suffers 'anomaly' during flight, crashes. One pilot reported killed.

Virgin Galactic space "tourism" plane suffers malfunction of test flight, crashes in desert. Officials confirm one pilot killed, one injured.

Space October 31, 2014

NASA awards contracts to four private space companies

NASA is working with private companies to improve space travel. Masten Space Systems, UP Aerospace, Paragon Space Development Corporation and Virgin Galactic have all been awarded contracts.

Internet Culture September 10, 2014

Virgin Galactic picks Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces for its space tourists

Virgin Galactic is set to launch the first spaceflight before 2014 ends. The company has partnered with a local hotel and caterer in New Mexico to serve the astronauts in training.

FUTURE TECH July 8, 2014

Google wants a piece of Virgin Galactic. Space tourism will never be the same again

Virgin Galactic may soon see an investment from search company Google. Will that help Richard Branson's space venture get off the ground?

June 17, 2014

Google eyes a virgin for Internet satellite strategy

Google continues to push out into space. Now, reports suggest the company has purchased a minority stake of Virgin Galactic to move forward on its extra-Earth endeavors.

FUTURE TECH June 13, 2014

Stellar venture: Google, Virgin Galactic discuss possible deal

Google takes another stab at space with new rumors circulating that it plans to buy a minority stake in Virgin Galactic, a company that plans to take tourists into space.

Business June 13, 2014

Richard Branson concludes hunt for Virgin Galactic inspiration: Shihan Musafer

Virgin’s Richard Branson set out on to find the child who inspired him to create Virgin Galactic. The lucky child, now an adult, gets to witness an upcoming spaceflight.

Space April 13, 2014

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo sets new altitude record

Virgin's SpaceShipTwo spacecraft has set a new altitude record in its very first test flight of this year.

FUTURE TECH January 12, 2014

Virgin Galactic will accept Bitcoin as payment: Richard Branson

Virgin Galactic will accept Bitcoin. What next?

Business November 23, 2013

Lady Gaga to become first entertainer in space?

Lady Gaga is going to space and you aren't. Let that sink in.

Life November 11, 2013

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