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Virgin Galactic seeks space tourism boost with market launch

Jul 09, 2019 - 4:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'By embarking on this new chapter...we can open space to more investors and in doing so, open space to thousands of new astronauts,' says Richard Branson

RICHARD 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. File photo by Jim Watson/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


The rockets that are pushing the boundaries of space travel

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:26 PM

Today, NASA is so dependent on the private sector that the US space agency has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing to send astronauts to space beginning next year, as soon as their capsules are ready

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 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

New Nolan movie 'Interstellar' tackles space, love, sacrifice

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Days after two space related accidents film goers just might have space on their minds – and pick Interstellar as their weekend movie

Matthew McConaughey in a scene from 'Interstellar.' Image courtesy Paramount Pictures/Warner Brothers

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

Virgin was warned before about rocket engine safety

Nov 03, 2014 - 12:20 AM

An expert says she warned Virgin before over safety concerns after the death of three engineers in a rocket engine explosion in 2007

'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

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

Virgin Galactic spaceplane breaks sound barrier

Apr 30, 2013 - 8:32 AM

SpaceShipTwo ignited its engine after being released by WhiteKnightTwo a plane that carried it to 47 000 feet 14 000 meters above California s Mojave desert