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News Archive / Tagged: Virgin Galactic

  • Orbital space tourism poised to take off later this year

    Theresa CrossMay 26th, 2021

    Within a span of about six months, a dozen new spaceflight participants could fly into orbit on four space tourism flights beginning as early as September.

  • Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo reaches space from New Mexico

    Theresa CrossMay 24th, 2021

    On May 22, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo completed its third crewed test flight from Spaceport America in New Mexico. The first-ever spaceflight from New Mexico for the company also represents the third state to date launching humans to space.

  • Virgin Galactic unveils its first ‘SpaceShip III’ suborbital spacecraft

    Matt HaskellApril 5th, 2021

    Last week, Virgin Galactic, the space tourism firm owned by Richard Branson, revealed its newest design, SpaceShip III, with the first vehicle in this line dubbed “VSS Imagine.”

  • OPINION: In spaceflight testing, what defines a failure?

    Cullen DesforgesFebruary 27th, 2021

    Recently, several companies have made great strides in the realm of advanced spaceflight testing, despite public perception some would label a failure.

  • Virgin Galactic begins Astronaut Readiness Program

    Cullen DesforgesNovember 21st, 2019

    The commercial space industry is one step closer toward achieving its goal of sending paying customers to suborbit.

  • Passengers on upcoming VG flights will get pins for spiffy new uniforms

    Jason RhianOctober 27th, 2019

    When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo takes to the skies with paying customers, those flying onboard the will be awarded pins by the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) upon their return. This, however, will not be the apparel that will mark their voyage. Recent events suggest that Virgin Galactic is about to open its operational doors.

  • Virgin Galactic merges with Social Capital Hedosophia

    Cullen DesforgesJuly 10th, 2019

    In an unprecedented move for the commercial space flight industry, Virgin Galactic (VG) and Social Capital Hedosophia (SCH) have announced a merger which is expected to become effective once the transaction closes this year.

  • SpaceShipTwo flies to space with 1st ‘test’ passenger

    Derek RichardsonFebruary 22nd, 2019

    Three new people are set to get their astronaut wings as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo performed a second flight into space on a suborbital trajectory.

  • Virgin Galactic has two freshly-minted astronauts

    Jason RhianFebruary 11th, 2019

    The private space industry chalked up yet another win with the announcement that a recent SpaceShipTwo test flight earned two pilots their astronaut wings.

  • SpaceX not alone in 2018’s high launch rate

    Patrick AttwellJanuary 7th, 2019

    United Launch Alliance (ULA), Northrop Grumman, Rocket Lab and Virgin Galactic conducted 14 launches from the United States this past year.

  • VSS Unity conducts test flight that nearly reaches space

    Jason RhianDecember 13th, 2018

    Virgin Galactic's program designed to kick off space tourism has just reached another milestone with a flight that almost reached the edge of space. 

  • Gallery: Thursday’s rocket-powered flight sees VSS Unity break Mach 2

    Jason RhianJuly 27th, 2018

    MOJAVE, Calif. -- In a span of less than four months, Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity has carried out three "rocket-powered" supersonic flights. The most recent test took place on Thursday, July 26, 2018. 

  • VSS Unity conducts first powered flight

    Jason RhianApril 5th, 2018

    The SpaceShip Company, using its VSS Unity spacecraft, successfully completed the vehicle's first supersonic, rocket-powered test flight on Thursday, April 5. Piloted by Mark “Forger” Stucky and Dave Mackay, today's flight marked the first flight since the October 31, 2014 accident that saw the loss of the VSS Enterprise.

  • SpaceShipTwo conducts successful test flight

    Paul KnightlyJanuary 13th, 2018

    Virgin Galactic conducted a successful test flight of the SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity vehicle on Thursday, Jan. 11. The high-speed glide test marks the seventh for VSS Unity, which reached a top speed of Mach 0.9 during the flight.

  • Our SpaceFlight Heritage: SpaceShipOne, Government Zero – 13 years later

    Jason RhianJune 21st, 2017

    It was a heady time for the emerging NewSpace movement, Scaled Composites had sent Mike Melvill in SpaceShipOne on flight 15P up 62 miles into space. This set the stage for them to win the Ansari X-PRIZE and from there send the first tourists on suborbital hops. Or, so they hoped. Thirteen years later, the follow-on vehicle, SpaceShipTwo, has yet to send a single tourist to sub-orbit.