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Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will offer trips to ISS in NASA private astronaut program

Virgin Galactic will run private spaceflights to the International Space Station, inking a deal with NASA that will see it create a new space tourism program. The newly-signed Space Act Agreement will see Virgin Galactic train private astronauts, take them into orbit, and help demonstrate how the ISS could be used as more than the research platform it is today.

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Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket fails after release from aircraft

Virgin Orbit LauncherOne rocket fails after release from aircraft

SpaceX is about to make history on Wednesday but Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit was out to remind people it isn't the only game in town. It almost made a first, at least for the company, when it ignited and launched a rocket in the air. And while that didn't exactly end well, the company is actually looking forward to seeing the data to make sure it won't happen again when it makes a second attempt at igniting a liquid-fueled rocket mid-air.

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo glides in test flight over New Mexico

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo glides in test flight over New Mexico

SpaceShipTwo has completed its first test flight conducted from Spaceport America in New Mexico, Virgin Galactic announced on Friday. The company called this a milestone flight, one that is paving the way for eventual commercial service. Virgin Galactic says the spaceplane achieved multiple test-points before ultimately landing safely back at Spaceport America.

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity relocated to Spaceport America in New Mexico

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity relocated to Spaceport America in New Mexico

Using the carrier aircraft VMS Eve, Virgin Galactic says that it successfully relocated the SpaceShipTwo VSS Unity spaceplane to its Gateway to Space building at Spaceport America. The plane was located in Mojave, California, whereas Spaceport America is located in New Mexico. The flight between the two states also gave Virgin Galactic a long period of time during which it evaluated the spaceplane.

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Virgin Galactic reveals Under Armour’s new spacewear for astronauts

Virgin Galactic reveals Under Armour’s new spacewear for astronauts

Following an announcement about their partnership earlier this year, Virgin Galactic and Under Armour have unveiled the apparel that will be worn by future space tourists who take trips via the private space company. The new spacewear, as the company calls it, includes a base layer, footwear, a training suit, and a spacesuit, as well as a limited edition 'astronaut jacket.'

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Boeing just invested $20 million in Virgin Galactic

Boeing just invested $20 million in Virgin Galactic

The folks at Virgin Galactic announced this morning that they'd entered into a "strategic partnership" with Boeing. This is the "latest investment by Boeing HorizonX Ventures organization" and was announced to the tune of $20 million. They've suggested that this is a partnership that'll allow them to "work together to broaden commercial space access and transform global travel technologies."

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Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

Virgin Orbit successfully drops rocket from plane over Mojave Desert

A day after detailing its plan, Virgin Orbit has successfully dropped a test rocket from a plane high above the Mojave Desert in California. The test is a key step toward the space company's plan of eventually launching satellites into space from the air, an alternative to the typical ground-based launches used by SpaceX and other companies.

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Virgin Galactic begins move from California to Spaceport America

Virgin Galactic begins move from California to Spaceport America

Private aerospace company Virgin Galactic has announced that it will move its space vehicles and spaceline staff to the company's Spaceport America destination. The change was announced by Virgin Founder Sir Richard Branson at an event on Friday, where he said, "New Mexico delivered on its promise to build a world-first and world-class spaceport." The change will take place through the summer.

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Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane just took its first passenger to space

Virgin Galactic’s spaceplane just took its first passenger to space

Virgin Galactic set a new personal best for space flight today, with SpaceShipTwo, the VSS Unity, successfully reaching space for the second time. It was a trifecta of achievements for Richard Branson's commercial space flight endeavor, with new records in speed, altitude, and crewing.

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Virgin Galactic donates historic VSS Unity hybrid rocket motor to Smithsonian

Virgin Galactic donates historic VSS Unity hybrid rocket motor to Smithsonian

Virgin Galactic has donated the hybrid rocket motor that powered its VSS Unity spaceplane into a new world record, the company has announced. The motor was donated last week following the historic flight that took place in mid-December 2018. According to Virgin Galactic, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC will exhibit the motor in a gallery called "Future of Spaceflight."

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Virgin Galactic taps Under Armour to design next-gen space apparel

Virgin Galactic taps Under Armour to design next-gen space apparel

Virgin Galactic has tapped Under Armour to create the spacewear that'll be used by its astronauts, the companies have announced. Under Armour is the aerospace company's exclusive "technical spacewear partner," and as such it will be tasked with designing and fabricating spacesuits for both pilots and passengers. As well, Virgin Galactic will have Under Armour make the uniforms for its Spaceport America team.

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Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity supersonic plane makes historic space flight

Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity supersonic plane makes historic space flight

Virgin Galactic's VSS Unity supersonic plane successfully breached the edge of space during a flight today, the company has announced. According to Virgin Galactic, this is the first time a crewed vehicle made for passenger service has managed to reach space, a milestone for the company. The achievement has been recognized by the FAA, which plans to award the flight's pilots in a ceremony next year.

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