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Virgin Galactic May Resume Test Flights In 2015: CEO

AP | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business

The space tourism company that suffered a tragic setback when its experimental rocket-powered spaceship broke apart over the California desert could resume test flights as early as next summer if it can finish building a replacement craft, its CEO says.

What Virgin Galactic Crash Means For Space Tourism Industry

AP | SETH BORENSTEIN | Posted 11.03.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fiery failures are no stranger to the space game. It's what happens when you push the boundaries of what technology can do, where ...

Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic Will 'Not Push On Blindly' After Crash

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson on Saturday cast doubt on the future of his commercial space tourism company. A day after the pilot of a Vi...

Virgin Galactic Space Ship Crashes During Test Flight

The Huffington Post | David Freeman and Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 12.31.2014 | Science

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo space plane crashed during a test flight over California's Mojave Desert this afternoon, the company said. A report...

Virgin Galactic, FAA Sign Agreement For New Mexico Spaceport Flights

AP | Posted 06.03.2014 | Travel

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Virgin Galactic and Spaceport America have signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration that clears the path...

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...

WATCH: Tail-Cam Captures Awesome Views Of Space Plane Flight

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.09.2013 | Science

From Stephen Hawking to Justin Bieber, scores of celebrities are raring to go to space by 2014. But for those of us who don't have $250,000 to shell o...

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...

Tom Cruise Believes In Aliens & Wants To Go To Space

Posted 04.04.2013 | Celebrity

Tom Cruise stars in "Oblivion" as a veteran assigned to extract Earth's remaining resources after an alien invasion some 60 years earlier -- a concept...

To Infinity...And Beyond!

Posted 03.20.2012 | Travel

There's soon to be a new man on the moon. Ashton Kutcher became Virgin Galactic's 500th customer on Monday, CEO Sir Richard Branson blogged. Bra...

Private Spaceflight Venture Gears Up For First Passenger Flights

Posted 02.09.2012 | Science

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — This year is key for Virgin Galactic's bid to become the first commercial spaceliner service, as rocket-powered flights of it...

By Richard Branson

Richard Branson | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Richard Branson

Space tourism may seem like an excuse for joy rides for the rich, but in reality it's the start of a new and vital private sector industry that will help develop safer, cheaper and cleaner space travel and result in technology that will lead to broader innovation and discovery.

PHOTOS: Branson Opens Virgin Galactic Space Terminal As Only He Can

AP | By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 12.18.2011 | Travel

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press UPHAM, N.M. -- With his usual flair, British billionaire Richard Branson rappelled from a balcony, shook up a...

WATCH: Inside Virgin Galactic's Unfinished Spacecraft

Posted 05.31.2011 | Travel

Sir Richard Branson's long-awaited spacecraft is finally getting the finishing touches needed before it can head into orbit (the spacecraft has alread...

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 ...

Virgin Galactic's Space Plane Unveiled To The Public (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

***SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO*** Todd Richmond, Associated Press Writer OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) -- Hundreds of earthlings turned their faces to the sky Monda...