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Virgin Galactic Pilot Describes Free Fall After Spaceship Disintegrated

The Huffington Post | Andy Campbell | Posted 07.29.2015 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The pilot of a Virgin Galactic spaceship that disintegrated midflight recalls trying in vain to activate oxygen to help him breath...

From Bicycles to Spaceships (VIDEO)

XPRIZE | Posted 05.20.2015 | Technology

Burt Rutan, the legendary aerospace engineer and designer of the Ansari XPRIZE-winning SpaceShipOne, explains how the achievement a couple of bicycle shop owners (Orville and Wilbur Wright) inspired the most significant individuals in the first century of aerospace.

No Easy Way

Greg Autry | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Greg Autry

When Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo disintegrated in flight on October 31 , that vehicle, named VSS Enterprise, and one of its pilots, Michael Alsbury, joined a long list of experimental aircraft and test pilots that made their final flight in the blue skies over California's High Desert.

Branson Pickle: Billionaire's 'Space'-Adventure Folly

William J. Furney | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
William J. Furney

In the end, it is Branson, propelled by an overarching sense of boyhood adventure, or desperate folly, and rocketing to establish himself in the pantheon of brave travel pioneers, who has become entangled in a Gordian knot of his own vainglorious making and from which he does not know how to untie himself.

Virgin Galactic Says It Will Build Another Spaceplane

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 11.04.2014 | Science

Virgin Galactic may be badly bruised, but it's not throwing in the towel. Just days after its SpaceShipTwo spaceplane crashed during a test flight ove...

SpaceShipTwo: Much More Than Just a Roller Coaster for the Rich

Jim Bell | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Jim Bell

A significant part of their business model extends beyond tourism and into science. Realizing that they will be able to create an environment where weightlessness can be relatively frequently sustained for 4 to 6 minutes, Virgin Galactic has worked hard to create, advertise, promote, and implement true scientific research opportunities on SpaceShipTwo.

Antares and SpaceShipTwo: A Wakeup Call for Lots More Test Flights

Marco Cáceres | Posted 01.04.2015 | Science
Marco Cáceres

Perhaps we feel like we've already gone through the most difficult part of the learning curve when it comes to rocketry, and that now it's just a matter of perfecting a few minor technical issues. Judging by last week's twin failures, I'm not so sure that's true.

Richard Branson Determined To Find Out Why Virgin Ship Crashed

AP | BRIAN MELLEY | Posted 01.01.2015 | Science

MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) — Investigators looking into what caused the crash of a Virgin Galactic prototype spacecraft that killed one of two test pilots ...

WATCH: Spaceliner Passes Key Test | Mike Wall | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

A stunning new video lets viewers ride along on last-week's record-breaking test flight of Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceliner SpaceShipTwo. The...

How Much Would YOU Pay For A Space Trip With This Guy?

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science

Want to blast into space with a movie star? At a charity auction held in Cannes, France on May 23 for the Foundation For Aids Research, one man an...

Tycoon's 'Spaceship' Passes Major Milestone

AP | RAQUEL MARIA DILLON | Posted 06.29.2013 | Science

MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first powered flight Monday, breaking the sound barrier in a test over the Mojave Deser...

WATCH: Virgin Galactic Makes Huge Announcement

Posted 07.11.2012 | Science

Humans aren't the only cargo Virgin Galactic is planning to take into space. At the Farnborough International Airshow in southern England on Wednes...

Branson Reveals Space Plane Launch Date

Posted 07.11.2012 | Travel

More people have now signed up for suborbital flights aboard SpaceShipTwo, the six-passenger space plane from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, t...

Space Tourism Firm Gets OK To Test Rocket

Posted 05.31.2012 | Travel

By: Brian Berger, Space News Published: 05/31/2012 05:31 AM EDT on WASHINGTON — The developer of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo subo...

"Space Is Wide Open": Talking With Virgin Galactic CTO Steve Isakowitz

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 01.21.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

"We're opening up the space frontier to all, not just those lucky few public astronauts who are sponsored by the government or those that happen to be rich enough to be able to spend 40 million to fly on a Russian vehicle."

Virgin Galactic Is Hiring... Astronauts

Posted 06.12.2011 | Technology

Virgin Galactic is hiring for an out-of-this-world job that may be the first of its kind and marks a step forward in Virgin's efforts to pioneer comme...

WATCH: Virgin's SpaceShipTwo Makes First Solo Flight

The Huffington Post | Samira Nanda | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo made its first solo glide flight on Sunday in the Mojave Desert in California, marking a step forward in the company's ...

Private Spaceship Makes First Solo Flight

Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

(AP/HUFFINGTON POST) MOJAVE, Calif. -- Virgin Galactic's space tourism rocket SpaceShipTwo achieved its first solo glide flight Sunday, marking anothe...

SpaceShipTwo VIDEO: WATCH VSS Enterprise's Virgin Flight

Huffington Post/AP | John Antzcak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

*See video below* LOS ANGELES -- Virgin Galactic's fledgling space tourism rocket, or 'SpaceShipTwo,' was taken aloft over the California desert on a...

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo getting ready for test flights ahead of space tourism

Tom Chivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology


Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo: to unveil commercial spaceship

AP | ALICIA CHANG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

*See photos below* LOS ANGELES -- A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers ...

Horse Races with Rocket Engines

William Pomerantz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
William Pomerantz

We're clearly coming into an era where commercial competition will have a major impact on the aerospace community -- and on the financial community as well.

Commercial Spaceflight for the Rest of Us -- Congratulations to Virgin Galactic

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Peter Diamandis

Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have rolled out SpaceShipTwo, a new commercial spaceship that will be flown by two pilots with seats for six paying passengers.

Launching Commercial Space Flight: Part Three - Will Whitehorn and Virgin Galactic Want to Bring You to Space

Peter Diamandis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Peter Diamandis

We anticipate that approximately 600 people will go to space in the first year that SpaceShipTwo begins space tours. That's essentially the total number of people who have ever gone to space.