Virgin Galactic

  • 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. 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