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Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

Tougher FAA Astronaut Wings rules could leave Bezos & Branson in limbo

How high do you need to fly in order to officially qualify as an astronaut? That's an answer the US FAA has just weighed in on and, while the definition of where space begins may still be controversial, what it takes to get the coveted Astronaut Wings is now tougher - and could have big implications for billionaire space-fans like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson.

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Richard Branson went up, but Virgin Galactic’s stock went down

Richard Branson went up, but Virgin Galactic’s stock went down

Virgin Galactic may have successfully taken Richard Branson into suborbital space, but that wasn't enough to buoy the company's share price on Monday. Shares in $SPCE dropped by more than 11-percent when markets opened today, after investors decided Branson's brush with zero-gravity wasn't enough to offset Virgin Galactic's announcement that it would sell off up to $500 million of its common stock.

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Virgin Galactic successfully brings Richard Branson to space and back

Virgin Galactic successfully brings Richard Branson to space and back

Space travel and space science have seen several historic milestones in the past years, from reusable rockets to the first space helicopter on Mars. But while others have their sights on longer travels, exploration, and colonization, some companies are aiming to start a new commercial industry a bit closer to Earth. Virgin Galactic just took one step closer to that goal in its latest test flight that carried not just any human into space but its own founder, Sir Richard Branson.

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Virgin Galactic’s next crewed test flight will include Richard Branson

Virgin Galactic’s next crewed test flight will include Richard Branson

Richard Branson, the founder of private space company Virgin Galactic, has announced that he will be part of the crew for the company's next test flight. Branson will be joined by a handful of crew members who'll "help validate" the system, paving the way for future launches involving astronauts. Among other things, Branson says it is time for him to "assess the astronaut experience."

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Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic space passenger flights score key FAA approval

Virgin Galactic has been granted a key FAA license in order to fly passengers to space, something the company still aims to do over the summer. The approval extends Virgin Galactic's existing license by the US Federal Aviation Administration to carry cargo into space, and came after the company's May 22 test flight proved a success.

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Virgin Galactic launched humans into space from New Mexico for the first time

Virgin Galactic launched humans into space from New Mexico for the first time

Most people think of astronauts as humans dressed in bulky suits flying onboard rockets hurtling into the vast expanse of outer space. Virgin Galactic, however, wants to change that conception and make every human a potential astronaut. At least, every human who can afford one of its super-expensive space flights. First, however, it needs to actually prove to everyone, especially authorities, that it can safely carry humans above a certain altitude. Its third-ever test flight last Saturday took it one step closer to that goal while also achieving a first for space science and travel.

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Virgin Galactic’s gorgeous new spacecraft is a retro sci-fi dream

Virgin Galactic’s gorgeous new spacecraft is a retro sci-fi dream

Virgin Galactic has revealed its newest spacecraft, and if you've wanted more retro-futuristic style from your beyond-Earth travel, then VSS Imagine is likely to do the trick. First of Virgin Galactic's new SpaceShip III class, the striking spacecraft is finished completely with a mirror-like finish, something the company says serves both practical and aesthetic purposes.

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Virgin Galactic test flight fails after rocket motor fails to ignite

Virgin Galactic test flight fails after rocket motor fails to ignite

Virgin Galactic has been working on getting its SpaceShipTwo Unity ship into space. The unique launch system drops SpaceShipTwo from a mothership at altitude, and the intent is for SpaceShipTwo to ignite its rocket motor and proceed into space. Over the weekend, Virgin Galactic CEO Michael Colglazier and pilots were supposed to take a test flight into space, but that flight failed to meet its goal.

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Under Armour made Virgin Galactic these custom spacesuits

Under Armour made Virgin Galactic these custom spacesuits

Virgin Galactic has revealed the spacesuits for its private astronaut flights, and you should put bulky moon-suits out of your mind and think more along the lines of athleisure wear. That's no surprise, mind, given Virgin Galactic partnered with Under Armour - its "Technical Spacewear Partner" - to develop the special spacesuit and matching footwear its pilots will be issued.

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Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic reveals its Mach 3 jet that’ll fly faster than Concorde

Virgin Galactic may be busy designing its tourist spacecraft, but that hasn't stopped it from working on more high-speed transportation, in the shape of its new Mach 3 aircraft. Revealed today, the super-fast delta-wing was developed with jet engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce, which previously provided the grunt to take Concorde supersonic.

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Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two cabin reveal: Let’s look inside!

Virgin Galactic revealed the interior of their SpaceShip Two vehicle VSS Unity today at a streaming event hosted virtually on YouTube. This spaceship is what Virgin Galactic says is the way of the future, with a cabin design "driven by astronaut experience." That means comfort and usability at the space vehicle's core.

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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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