The test flights for Virgin Galactic might be on hold, but that?s not stopping its New Mexico facility Spaceport America from becoming the country?s latest tourist attraction. The $219 million facility is now open to the public, inviting guests who dream of outer space to get a taste here on terra firma. Show More Summary
Virgin is partnering with OneWeb, a satellite Internet company serving the world's most remote regions. Virgin Galactic, if all goes well, is going to help bring the Internet into space. On Wednesday, the company announced a massiveShow More Summary
Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic got a huge boost Thursday, when OneWeb, which plans to build a global Internet system, announced it was hiring the commercial space company for 39 launches to fly its satellites into space. The order is a significant step forward for Virgin after a test flight crashed last year, killing one of the […]
Without even looking a century or so ahead when we’ll take a Virgin Galactic flight to spend our summers on Europa, there are many legal issues that are already confronting humanity in space. That’s why space lawyers are plenty busy today examining the particular economic and societal challenges found where Earth ends and space begins. Read more...
SPACE: Meet The Virgin Galactic Pilots.
Last year, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed catastrophically above the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now, the pilot of White Knight Two, which carried SpaceShipTwo to altitude, has spoken out about what happened on the day. Read more...
KnapNok Games gets what Richard Branson doesn't. Of course people want to hang out in space, but they definitely don't want to pay top dollar to do it! So rather than drop $200,000 on a Virgin Galactic reservation, why not fire up your...Show More Summary
Virgin Galactic's chief pilot David Mackay on how he's gearing up to take tourists to the edge of space – and why recent tragedies won't stop him
If you find the $250,000 tag price for a Virgin Galactic seat a bit too steep, there are other ways to reach the final frontier. With Nooka's futuristic Cosmic Messenger you can record your own private message, send it into space and watch the recording
Bezos's Blue Origin joins a small number of privately held space flight companies, including Virgin Galactic, XCOR Aerospace, and SpaceX.
From Vanity Fair's William Langewiesche, who has written extensively on the aviation industry and is a pilot himself, a detailed account of what happens during a space flight on Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic. Accelerating through Mach 0.95, the aircraft wobbles as shock waves develop on its wings and tails. Show More Summary
SPACE: Bigelow Aerospace’s Inflatable Habitat Ready for Space Station Trip. Also: Virgin Galactic Opens Rocket Plant to Build Satellite Launchers.
“A heavenly Internet is taking shape above our heads. In the same week this January, the spaceflight companies SpaceX and Virgin Galactic both announced plans for “megaconstellations” of low-Earth orbit, or LEO, satellites delivering broadband to every inch of the inhabited world.”
Richard Branson is challenging Elon Musk in yet another arena. The billionaire's private space-travel company, Virgin Galactic, already rivals Musk’s SpaceX. Now, the Virgin Group founder says he may take on Tesla Motors. “You may well...Show More Summary
Billionaire Richard Branson has made no secret of his dream to conquer space with the Virgin Galactic brand. Now, the British mastermind has hinted he may be considering another space: the growing electric vehicle market. Branson already...Show More Summary
Fly me to the moon—or, you know, just "thrillingly close" to outer space:Instead of rocket-powered sub-orbital flights like those of Virgin Galactic, could high-altitude ballooning become the most viable way of letting paying tourists...Show More Summary
The past year has been a mixed bag for the commercial space industry, with successful launches from the likes of SpaceX, but also a few mishaps, including a tragic Virgin Galactic crash that claimed the life of one pilot. That last incident...Show More Summary
Completed in October 2011, Spaceport America is an 18,000 acre commercial spaceport—the first of its kind in the world—that was going to be a major hub for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, as each company toils away on developing the future of private spaceflight. It's been more than three years since opening, and New Mexico is still waiting for the payoff. Read more...
Richard Branson's not just into space tourism -- there's also LauncherOne, which delivers satellites into orbit after being dropped from a "mothership" aircraft. Virgin Galactic says that the rocket will be built a mere 30 minutes from Los Angeles at...