Virgin Galactic

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo, The VSS Unity

    Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo, The VSS Unity

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic unveiled its new SpaceShipTwo rocket plane today. This is the latest version the company has revealed to the public since their deadly crash during a test flight with the previous version. In a tweet, Virgin Galactic specified that the new vessel , the VSS Unity, was actually named by Stephen Hawking who also expressed enthusiasm for the future of… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Wants To Do Moon Cruises, Replace The Concorde For Terrestrial Travel

    Virgin Galactic Wants To Do Moon Cruises, Replace The Concorde For Terrestrial Travel

    Virgin Galactic is starting off sending a small group of billionaires into space, which is pretty cool… if you’re a billionaire. But the startup’s (yes, it’s a startup, even with Richard Branson at the helm) Commercial Director Stephen Attenborough took the stage at Wired 2013 in London today to talk a bit more about what the space travel company wants to do beyond… Read More

  • Galactic Status: Virgin Airlines Offers One Frequent Flier A Trip To Space

    Galactic Status: Virgin Airlines Offers One Frequent Flier A Trip To Space

    Virgin is one of my favorite airlines to fly on — it’s kind of like the airline of the future, with interactive displays in every head rest, cool lighting, an animated safety video, and there’s almost always WiFi on board. But Virgin is looking to be even more futuristic, promising the customer with the most miles at the end of the year a chance to upgrade to Galactic status. Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Hits Milestone As Commercial Space Travel Rockets Toward Reality

    Virgin Galactic Hits Milestone As Commercial Space Travel Rockets Toward Reality

    NASA may not be sending anyone to Mars anytime soon, the exploration of space and beyond – though on a much smaller scale – is being spearheaded by folks like Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos. (Maybe you’ve heard of them.) Though Bezos and Blue Origin continue to work under a veil of secrecy in Texas, Virgin Galactic keeps humming along in the Mojave having recently scored a… Read More

  • Video: Spaceport America Inaugurated By Virgin Galactic's VSS Enterprise

    Among the many things about living in the year 2010 that blow my mind (robot vacuums, smartphones, Google Books), the fact that we are at the beginning of commercial space flight is, incredibly, not constantly on my mind. Yet advances are constantly being made, most visibly by Virgin Galactic, which just this last week inaugurated the commercial facility for vertically- and… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic shows off first commercial starship

    Check out the latest on SpaceShipTwo, the first commercial option for spaceflight. It’s not going to be cheap to fly, but damn that spaceship looks sexy. Read More

  • Virgin Galactic's Eve shows its goods to the public for the first time

    Somewhere in sleepy Wisconsin – actually in Oshkosh – Virgin Galactic displayed the mothership Eve to the general public for the very first time. The plane soared over thousands of people attending the Experimental Aircraft Association’s annual AirVenture convention and then landed so people could get a closer look. Chances are that this will be the first and last time many… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Mothership Eve takes flight

    After testing delays last year, Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites successfully took to the skies with the Mothership Eve at the SC testing site in the Mojave. Wired.com has the exclusive video, which isn’t anything special, but it’s nice to see Virgin is puttering right along. Hit the jump to check out the video. Read More

  • Video: WhiteKnightTwo takes flight

    WhiteKnightTwo, the plane that will eventually launch Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo just took its maiden test flight and the videos are already up. Watch them and see how weird this plane looks. What if regular commercial aircraft looked like that thing? We could just put all the noisy kids and crying babies on one side and enjoy some peace and quiet on the other. Click on for the videos. Read More

  • CrunchDeals: 30-minute space flight for $74,000

    A London banker named Per Wimmer will be taking a 30-minute space ride in XCOR’s “Lynx” two-seat suborbital space plane (see our previous coverage) in 2010. Los Angeles-based XCOR is offering relatively affordable space trips at around $74,000 a pop. Wimmer has also purchased tickets on Virgin Galactic’s and Space Adventures’ first flights –also set to take… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic turns down $1 million offer to make porno in space

    What won’t the porn industry think of? Virgin Galactic president Will Whitehorn wouldn’t disclose who the studio is, but said the offer “was $1 million, up front, for a sex-in-space movie. That was money we had to refuse, I’m afraid.” Other than the logistical issues of making a porno in five-minutes, I doubt VG is bummed about losing $1 million. They already have… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic White Knight Two mothership flight delayed


    When Virgin unveiled the White Knight Two in late July we were told that test flights would begin in September, but that doesn’t appear to be true since it’s the 29th and President of Virgin Galactic Will Whitehorn basically says they’re delayed. But he does reassure us that test flights will happen this year and possibly within weeks. “There have been various taxi… Read More

  • Interview: Rich Dancaster, soon to be Virgin Galactic space pilot


    Rich is apart of the Virgin America and Virgin Galactic exchange program that allows VA captains the opportunity to pilot the Virgin Galactic flights when they start in 2010. He’s pretty stoked to have been picked from the VA fleet and who wouldn’t be?! Rich has an extensive resume in aviation with over 16,000 hours clocked and he overlooked the testing for Virgin American… Read More

  • White Knight 2 photo gallery

    Isn’t she beautiful? Read More

  • Branson to marry couple in space

    I’m likely never going to get married, but if I ever do, I want to do as this couple is, in space. Branson’s launching Virgin Galactic next year as the world’s first space tourism company, this much is known. But now he’s announced that on Galactic’s first flight, he’ll be personally officiating a wedding, the first ever human wedding off of Earth. Now… Read More

  • Save those frequent flier miles, save $20,000 on your Virgin Galactic flight


    I actually am pretty sure that the people who can spend $2,000,000 on space tourism are a different demographic from the people who scrounge miles to get free tickets. And yet, Virgin Galactic is going to let you redeem 200,000 miles for a big 10% off that trip to space. Somehow I doubt they’re going to get a lot of takers on that offer, but it is a nice little taste of the future.

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  • Virgin Galactic reveals SpaceShipTwo, plans open-source starships


    Burt Rutan and Richard Branson are doing their “deep pocketed space explorer” thing again. They’ve revealed the second version of their suborbital spacecraft, aptly called “SpaceShipTwo” and pictured above, presumably via a cell phone camera at the event. They also announced that the launch vehicle, “WhiteKnightTwo,” will be on an open… Read More

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils Design For SpaceShipTwo

    This morning, Richard Branson’s spaceship startup Virgin Galactic unveiled the second design of its suborbital vehicles, SpaceShipTwo and White Knight Two. I am blogging this from the press conference at the Museum of Natural History in New York City. SpaceShipTwo is what the passengers will actually ride in, and White Knight Two is the launch vehicle that carries it to a high… Read More