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FAA approves World View balloon ride plans

FAA approves World View balloon ride plans

About a week ago, a company called World View unveiled plans to send passengers on a balloon ride that will take them to an altitude of around 100,000 feet for $75,000 per ticket. World View said at the time that it was announcing its plans ahead of a public determination to be made by the FAA. The capsule used by World View was expected to be classified as a spacecraft and to be forced to meet guidelines for space travel.

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World View will send tourists to the edge of space via balloon

World View will send tourists to the edge of space via balloon

One of the only ways for you to get anywhere near space if you don't work for NASA is to buy a $250,000 ticket on Virgin Galactic. If you like the idea of traveling to the edge of space, but you want to do it for less than $250,000, a company called World View, which is a division of a private company called Paragon Space Development Corp. has a new plan to get passengers to the edge of space.

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Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

The folks behind Virgin Galactic - cousin of the earth-bound Virgin Airlines - have lit their first rocket motor test on a ship that may one day bring everyday citizens on joy rides to space. The craft being tested this week goes by the name SpaceShipTwo, also known as SS2, it being one of several craft eventually set to offer brief flights to what Virgin Galactic calls "the edge of space" and back.

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Virgin Galactic reveals LauncherOne to quarter cost of satellite launches

Virgin Galactic reveals LauncherOne to quarter cost of satellite launches

Virgin Galactic has revealed the next step of its plans to commercialize space flight, unveiling LauncherOne, a new launch vehicle that promises to significantly cut the cost of space exploration. The satellite launch platform will cut the cost of putting a satellite into space to potentially just a quarter of current expeditions, down to under $10m and opening up the possibility to universities and research groups.

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Virgin announces Virgin Volcanic journey to center of Earth

Virgin announces Virgin Volcanic journey to center of Earth

Sir Richard Branson has explored the skies in a hot air balloon, delved into the deep sea, and even gone into space, but now his next project is to go to an entirely new desintation - the center of the Earth. Introducing Virgin Volcanic, a corkscrew-shaped vessel that will make its trips via five of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is perhaps Branson's most ambitious idea to date.

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