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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo hits Mach 1.9 in second successful test flight

Virgin Galactic is celebrating a successful second test flight of SpaceShipTwo, the rocket-powered passenger spacecraft that may someday take tourists to the edge of space. Today's test took the VSS U

Virgin Galactic successfully tested its rocket-powered spacecraft today for the first time since 2014

Virgin Galactic took to the skies today for the first test of its rocket-powered spacecraft in over three years. The SpaceShipTwo launch platform deployed the VSS Unity at a set altitude where the spa

Astranis emerges from stealth with a new satellite technology for connecting the world

There’s a new entrant in the race to provide internet connectivity to the roughly four billion humans on the wrong side of the world’s digital divide. Launching from stealth today with a f

Virgin Orbit targets 2018 for first flight of its airborne rocket launch pad

Virgin Orbit, one of the Virgin family of space-focused companies that includes Virgin Galactic, is looking to flight its modified 747-400 aircraft for the first time in 2018 (via SpaceNews). Virgin O

Virgin Galactic set to start powered flight tests, aims for 2018 commercial trips

Virgin Galactic is resuming powered tests of its spaceplane after a tragic accident with its test vehicle SpaceShipTwo resulted in the death of co-pilot Michael Alsbury in 2014. The news comes via Vir

Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin’s first orbital rocket, the New Glenn

Early this morning, Jeff Bezos revealed plans for the next Blue Origin rocket, the New Glenn. Unlike their New Shepard rocket, which is only capable of up-and-down suborbital launches, New Glenn wil

Opportunities and challenges in commercializing space privately

The dawn of the space age was, in many ways, a direct response to heightened competitive political and military rhetoric from major global superpowers in the latter part of the previous century. The n

Blue Origin launches, lands the same rocket for the fourth time

Blue Origin has successfully completed the fourth launch and landing of their New Shepard rocket and crew capsule. With another nominal flight test, Jeff Bezos’ rocket company is marching toward th

Blue Origin continues successful, record-setting year with another NASA contract

Blue Origin, the rocket company started by Jeff Bezos, has partnered with NASA to fly and test technology payloads on suborbital flights with the New Shepard launch vehicle. Bezos’ company is the s

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 flig

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

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

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 yo

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

<img src="" />Among the many things about living in the year 2010 that blow my mind (<a href="http://www.crunchgear.c

Virgin Galactic shows off first commercial starship

<img src="" />Check out the latest on <a href="">SpaceShipTwo</a>, the firs

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

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. has the exclusive video, wh

Video: WhiteKnightTwo takes flight

<img src="" /> WhiteKnightTwo, the plane that will eventually launch Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo <a href="http://www.flightgl

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 re

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
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