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Virgin Galactic attempted a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity spaceplane on Saturday, but the flight was cut short after the spacecraft detached from its carrier aircraft. A failsafe prevented…

Virgin Galactic test flight fails to reach space after failsafe landing triggered

Virgin Galactic is getting ready to fly its first mission to space from its Spaceport America facility in New Mexico. This is the site that the company will use to…

Virgin Galactic readies first spaceflight from Spaceport America for ‘later this fall’

Virgin Galactic is shuffling its uppermost leadership ahead of the private space tourism company’s commercial service launch: It just announced Michael Colglazier, who had been president and managing director of…

Virgin Galactic brings on Disney Parks leader Michael Colglazier as new CEO

Virgin Galactic has passed a key milestone in its SpaceShipTwo qualification program. The company performed a glide flight, which means that it was flying its VSS Unity spacecraft unpowered in…

Virgin Galactic flies second SpaceShipTwo test at New Mexico spaceport, clearing the way for powered spaceflight

Virgin Galactic today revealed a new partnership with NASA, in pursuit of the goal of developing a high-speed vehicle for point-to-point travel across Earth. NASA has been pursuing development of…

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel

This week turned out to be a surprisingly busy one in space news – kicked off by the Trump administration’s FY 2021 budget proposal, which was generous to U.S. space…

Max Q: SpaceX gets ready for first human flight

Virgin Galactic is one crucial step closer to actually flying paying customers to space: The space tourism company just relocated its SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the VSS Unity, from its Mojave, California…

Virgin Galactic relocates SpaceShipTwo ‘VSS Unity’ to its spaceport for preparations ahead of commercial flights
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Max Q: The New Space new year

7:33 am PST • January 13, 2020

Welcome back for the first Max Q of 2020! As should be expected, the holiday and New Year’s weeks didn’t produce all that much news in the space industry —…

Max Q: The New Space new year

Virgin Galactic’s fleet is expanding, and its second commercial spacecraft just achieved a key milestone in its build process — much faster than the first of its SpaceShipTwo vehicles did.…

Virgin Galactic’s second commercial tourism spaceship hits key construction milestone

Virgin Galactic has begun its “Astronaut Readiness Program” this week, which is being run out of Under Armour Global HQ to start. Under Armour is Virgin Galactic’s partner on its…

Virgin Galactic begins ‘Astronaut Readiness Program’ for first paying customers

Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will find out on Monday what the public markets think of its ambitious plan to make commercial space tourism a reality. The company’s shareholders have approved…

Virgin Galactic becomes the first public space tourism company on Monday

One of Richard Branson’s space companies (yes, he has more than one) is looking to bring satellite launches to British soil, with a new Virgin Spaceport based in Cornwall. The…

Virgin Orbit seeks to launch satellites from the UK by 2020

Virgin Galactic is celebrating the third successful supersonic test flight of VSS Unity, the passenger spacecraft it intends to make available for space tourism in the near future. This flight…

Virgin Galactic’s third supersonic test flight hits Mach 2.4 and 170,000 feet

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…

Virgin Galactic Unveils New SpaceShipTwo, The VSS Unity

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…

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

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.

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…