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First test of Virgin Orbit rocket fails to accomplish goal

May 26, 2020 - 12:35 PM

The plane released the rocket cleanly, but the latter developed trouble of unknown origin after igniting its first-stage engine, Virgin Orbit says

TEST RUNS. This handout photo obtained May 25, 2020 courtesy of Virgin Orbit shows Cosmic Girl as it releases LauncherOne mid-air for the first time during a July 2019 drop test. Handout photo by Virgin Orbit/AFP

Richard Branson says he'll fly to space by July

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:57 AM

This time, Richard Branson claims preparations are in their final stages

SPACEMAN BRANSON. Virgin Galactic founder Sir Richard Branson speaks during a ceremony at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC, on February 7, 2019. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

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Dec 14, 2018 - 1:35 PM

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Virgin Galactic's new flight test to soar closer to edge of space

Dec 13, 2018 - 1:36 PM

The US company run by British tycoon Richard Branson is aiming to be the first to take tourists on brief trips into microgravity

VSS UNITY. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity. AFP PHOTO / VIRGIN GALACTIC

First space tourist flights could come in 2019

Jul 16, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Got $250,000? Virgin Atlantic, one of the companies paving the way for space tourism, can take you to space for that price

SPACE JET. This May 29, 2018 handout photograph obtained courtesy of Virgin Galactic shows the Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity.  The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights – though neither has set a firm date. Virgin Galactic, founded by British billionaire Richard Branson, and Blue Origin, by Amazon creator Jeff Bezos, are racing to be the first to finish their tests – with both companies using radically different technology. AFP Photo/Virgin Galactic


WATCH: Obama enjoys watersports with Richard Branson on luxury island

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:08 AM

Photos published on Richard Branson s blog show Obama smiling on board a speed boat and wearing a helmet and goggles as he tries out kitesurfing

In a recent handout picture released by Virgin on February 7, 2017, former US president Barack Obama (R) is pictured during a kitesurfing session with British billionaire Richard Branson (L), off the coast of Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. Jack Brockway / Hijack.life/Virgin.com

Virgin Galactic unveils new spaceship 16 months after deadly crash

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:35 AM

SpaceShipTwo is a commercial version of SpaceShipOne the first private spacecraft to reach the edge of space in 2004

'UNITY.' Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTWO on display during its unveiling ceremony in Mojave, California, USA, February 19, 2016. Photo by Bob Riha Jr/EPA

Virgin's Branson appeals for clemency for Indonesia death row inmates

Mar 11, 2015 - 11:12 AM

Branson says studies show that treating drugs as a health issue rather than a criminal issue would dramatically improve Indonesia’s drugs problems

PORTRAIT. A painting by Bali Nine ringleader Myuran Sukumaran of President Jokowi Widodo, with the words on the back of the painting 'People can change'. Photo by EPA

AirAsia to surmount crisis, analysts say

Jan 11, 2015 - 2:41 PM

The airline s handling of the crisis is an excellent case which contrasts the still unsolved disappearance of Malaysia Airline s flight MH370 according to aviation experts

This picture taken on February 15, 2012 shows an AirAsia airplane is flying over the Sukarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang. Adek Berry/AFP

Flamboyant AirAsia boss confronts first major crisis

Dec 28, 2014 - 8:37 PM

The ebullient tycoon is one of Asia s most visible entrepreneurs carving out an image that has seen him frequently compared to colorful Virgin Group chairman Richard Branson

Virgin Galactic could resume test flights in 6 months

Nov 08, 2014 - 2:56 PM

The US National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident which has called into question Virgin chief Richard Branson s dream of tourist flights to the edge of space

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Lever under scrutiny in Virgin spaceship disaster

Nov 04, 2014 - 10:05 AM

Investigators point out that a lock unlock lever used to activate a process in SpaceShipTwo s tail section – typically to slow it for re entry into the Earth s atmosphere – had been moved by the co pilot

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Probe of US spaceship crash may take a year

Nov 02, 2014 - 4:52 PM

Debris from the SpaceShipTwo rocket crash was strewn over an area 5 miles 8 kilometers long indicating a likely in flight breakup

CRASH SITE. An National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) team surveys a tail section from the crashed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo near Cantil, California, on November 01, 2014. Josh Edelson/AFP

Branson says space dream lives on, vows safety paramount

Nov 02, 2014 - 10:06 AM

A team of federal investigators launches a probe of the causes of the accident which dealt a devastating setback to the cause of commercial space tourism

Branson heads to spacecraft crash site as probe starts

Nov 01, 2014 - 11:38 PM

Experts say Friday s accident will delay the advent of commercial space tourism by several years

SPACESHIP TWO. Debris from the crash site of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two rests in the Mojave desert, some 30 miles north of Mojave, California, USA, 31 October 2014. Michael Nelson/EPA

Pilot dead as Virgin spaceship crashes in US desert

Nov 01, 2014 - 9:27 AM

Space is hard and today was a tough day says Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides

'SETBACK' FOR SPACE TOURISM. Debris from the crash site of the Virgin Galactic Spaceship Two rests in the Mojave desert, some 30 miles north of Mojave, California, USA, October 31, 2014. Spaceship Two crashed during a test flight killing the co-pilot and seriously injuring the pilot. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

Putin urged to push 'Olympic truce' in Syria

Feb 08, 2014 - 12:38 AM

In an open letter some 50 leading figures urged Russia to use its influence in Syria to push for an Olympic truce in the country s conflict

'OLYMPIC TRUCE.' In an open letter, some 50 leading figures urged Russia to use its influence in Syria to push for an "Olympic truce" in the country's conflict. File photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Ria Novosti/EPA

Conquer beliefs that hold you back

Jul 20, 2013 - 3:58 PM

Sometimes it just takes one simple step to bring you to a new level

INSIDE YOUR HEAD. No matter how much potential one can hold inside, if you don’t believe it’s possible, it’s not

Delta buys 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic

Dec 11, 2012 - 10:11 PM

Delta will invest 360 million and British mogul Richard Branson s Virgin Atlantic will keep the 51 percent controlling stake

DELTA IN CHARGE. Virgin Atlantic Airways will retain its brand and operating certificate. Photo from Virgin Atlantic's official Facebook page

Top CEOs unite to oppose HIV travel restrictions

Jul 22, 2012 - 6:08 PM

Chief executives of more than 20 multinational corporations pledge to oppose HIV related travel restrictions wherever they are in force calling them both discriminatory and bad for business

Richard Branson sets Channel kite-surf record

Jul 02, 2012 - 6:20 AM

The tycoon finally succeeds two years after his first attempt to kite surf across the Channel

BRANSON AND KITE SURFING. The British tycoon is no neophyte when it comes to record attempts. Screen grab from YouTube (virginactiveuk)