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Virgin Galactic to test new rocket without longtime aerospace partner

After last year's fatal crash, Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic will now test its new SpaceShipTwo rocket without its longtime aerospace partner that designed and built the first plane.

New SpaceShipTwo Almost Completed After the Crash of Virgin Galactic’s First One - So... SpaceShipTwoTwo?

last weekOdd : Geekosystem

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane crashed during its fourth powered flight test last year, but they're still in the space tourism game, and a second SpaceShipTwo is nearing completion.

Richard Branson Considered Scrapping Virgin Galactic After Crash

Fatal crash made billionaire founder question whether it's "really worth it"

Marketers in Spaaaaaaace…| Google Pushes New Mobile Formats | Panda Hitting Narrow Set of Sites

B2B: Programmatic video firm Virool is promoting itself by promising to send a marketer into space when the Virgin Galactic service gets going. That is proving to be a popular notion among marketers, and perhaps even more so among those subject to their marketing, as there is no explicit mention in the materials about a return [...]

Virgin Galactic: One crash won’t stop space tourism

One committed passenger says he and his fellow space tourists are 'a little bit crazy' and 'not inside the box.'

Virgin Galactic adds White House veteran to lead government relations

The private space tourism company has hired former White House official Richard DalBello.

A Fearless—or Foolhardy—Venture

2 months agoMedia / Publishing : Soapbox

Of all the major news stories that have broken during my lifetime, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo disaster in late October was the first that made people eager to hear my opinion of a big event.

Interstellar queller: Why Virgin Galactic won't have a Hollywood ending

2 months agoTechnology : Tech Broiler

Space travel is fraught with danger and peril. Which is why it should never be considered as a joyride for the wealthy.

Virgin Group wages trademark war against olive oil, tv show

Over the last four decades, Richard Branson has turned music retailer Virgin Records into a global conglomerate that includes Virgin airlines, Virgin Galactic, Virgin Mobile and dozens of enterprises under that brand. Now anyone else...Show More Summary

How to survive a spaceship disaster

Falling from 10 miles up, with no spacesuit on, in air that's 70 degrees below zero and so thin you can hardly draw breath…Conditions were not ideal for Peter Siebold, a test pilot flying on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShip Two, to survive. Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible. But there are, in the aftermath of the loss of Virgin Space Ship Enterprise and [...]

Do We Have What It Takes to Explore Space?

The recent accidents at Virgin Galactic and Orbital Sciences have stimulated an important discussion not only for space exploration, but also for our national economic future: What level of risk are we willing to accept in order to advance...Show More Summary

Virgin Catastrophic: How Richard Branson's Galactic Ambition Backfired

A report suggests the billionaire's manic drive and bold promises played a role in the crash of SpaceShipTwo.

This is what it’s like to be ejected from a spaceship 50,000 feet in the air

Two weeks ago, something went wrong with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo mid-flight, resulting in the disintegration of the spacecraft and the tragic death of one of its pilots. The other pilot miraculously survived, but was immediately taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries. Show More Summary

Astronauts: Spaceflight is 'hard, but worth it'

In the aftermath of last month's Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo test flight crash, which killed one pilot and injured another, many were left wondering if the pursuit of “space tourism” was worth the loss of human life. Some astronauts...Show More Summary

The Switchboard: Before it crashed, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo faced years of problems

3 months agoTechnology : Post Tech

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. Problems plagued Virgin Galactic rocketship long before crash. "Engineers and subcontractors working on SpaceShipTwo spent years...Show More Summary

The Switchboard: Before it crashed, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo faced years of problems

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. Problems plagued Virgin Galactic rocketship long before crash. "Engineers and subcontractors working on SpaceShipTwo spent years...Show More Summary

The Switchboard: Before it crashed, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo faced years of problems

Published every weekday, the Switchboard is your morning helping of handpicked stories from the Switch team. Problems plagued Virgin Galactic rocketship long before crash. "Engineers and subcontractors working on SpaceShipTwo spent years...Show More Summary

Virgin Galactic pilot recounts how he survived being ejected at 50,000 feet

3 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Engadget

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed in late October, the company attributed the loss to an unidentified "serious anomaly." Now, thanks to the ongoing investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, we finally have a clearer picture...

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