Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the successful launch and landing of Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket. Between Boeing, Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, Xcor, and Blue Origin, the private space race is fully underway—and it appears that Jeff Bezos's space company, Blue Origin, is finally making some headway. Show More Summary
Congress is debating asteroid mining and the oversight of private space exploration. A new law expected to pass presidential approval this week would give the private spaceflight sector exemption from a wide range of government oversight. Show More Summary
This captivating light show will take you to the stars and back in six minutes. Maybe one day a Virgin Galactic or SpaceX will take us on harrowing, intergalactic adventures worthy of Stanley Kubrick and acid flashbacks, but until then, you'll just have to step inside this old plane fuselage. Read Full Story
Google plans to test secret airborne communications technology at the New Mexico "spaceport" facility where space tourism and exploration companies Virgin Galactic and SpaceX have set up shop, as well as an Indian reservation in Oregon. Show More Summary
Satellite-launching rocket programs like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin are household names thanks to the larger-than-life personalities behind them. But you may not know about a modest program called Super Strypi. Developed...Show More Summary
Hard to believe, but it’s been one year since SpaceShipTwo disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. Undaunted by the tragedy, Virgin Galactic has been hard at work building the second version of the suborbital rocket plane—a slightly modified version that may finally usher in the era of space tourism. Read more...
One year ago Saturday, Virgin Galactic's first space plane disintegrated in the skies above Mojave, California, killing one pilot and leaving the other hospitalized. In the wake of the tragic accident, it was unclear if the private spaceflight...Show More Summary
Despite what you may have heard, Virgin Galactic isn’t entirely about getting into the space tourism game. A lot of the real money lies in unmanned satellite launches, and the company’s commercial LauncherOne system relies on this beautifully powerful rocket, which just underwent tests in the Mojave desert. Read more...
Virgin Galactic ticket-holders converged on the 111-year-old Explorers Club in New York this past week for an update on progress since the test crash of SpaceShipTwo last fall. VG customer relations president Stephen Attenborough assured the audience, which included future astronauts from Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland and the U.S., that a [...]
Driven by strong commercial demand for a launch service that can reliably, affordably, and responsively launch small satellites, Virgin Galactic has nearly doubled the amount of payload that customers can deliver to orbit for the same price. Read the rest of the story at: Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne Increases Payload Performance
The company says it will be able to carry larger payloads to space at a time when it says "small satellites are big business."
Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, which wants to ferry tourists into space, is beefing up its rocket so that it can carry bigger payloads to space and help the company compete for another line of work: launching small satellites. Enhancements to its LauncherOne rocket will allow the company to fly much larger payloads, including as much […]
Close to a year ago, Virgin Galactic suffered major setback when it’s SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test. It now looks like a tentative date has been set for when passengers can be taken to space. According to an article from Forbes.com,...Show More Summary
Watch out, Virgin Galactic. There's a new space tourism company in town. A company called World View is planning to float passengers up to the edge of space — about 20 miles into the sky — via balloon by the end of 2016. This 5-hourShow More Summary
SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and other private endeavours are paving the way for a future Mars landing.
Google’s annual Science Fair aims to find bright young minds who can change the world and today the company has announced the finalists for 2015. Backed by LEGO Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic,...Show More Summary
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an experimental permit to Scaled Composites to begin flight tests of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in 2012 despite serious deficiencies in the company’s application relating to safety analysis...Show More Summary
Will SpaceX and Virgin Galactic push the boundaries of space exploration? Two aerospace experts weigh in. Getting human beings off the planet is the hardest design challenge mankind has ever undertaken. Yet it's also a solved problem: we've been sending people into space since 1961. Read Full Story
NTSB: Mistimed Maneuver Doomed Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo. “A mistimed feathering maneuver resulted in the fatal crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo last October, an accident which killed one, critically injured another, and set back the company’s space tourism ambitions. Feathering is the maneuver in which part of the wings change position to increase drag and slow […]