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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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Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Virgin Galactic plans Italy spaceport for future space travelers

Richard Branson's space company Virgin Galactic has announced a new deal that with bring spaceflights to Italy, where the company plans to build a spaceport for future suborbital launches. The company is keeping its headquarters in New Mexico, where it has its Spaceport America facility. ENAC, Italy's aviation authority, has already chosen a location for the future flights.

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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity survives second supersonic flight

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos aren't the only head honchos with their heads in the skies, so to speak. Virgin Group's somehwat eccentric Richard Branson is also eyeing the space travel trade. Today, his Virgin Galactic company took one step closer to that dream after the VSS Unity flew its second, rocket-powered supersonic flight. And, of course, the "spaceplane" and its pilots landed on a runway safely and in one piece, paving the way for supersonic travel in the near future.

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Virgin Galactic VSS Unity’s first rocket flight was a supersonic success

Virgin Galactic VSS Unity’s first rocket flight was a supersonic success

For the first time in about four years, Virgin Galactic has fired up the rocket motors in one of its spacecraft for a test flight. Unlike the last time in 2014, however, the test was a success and the VSS Unity managed to complete it first supersonic flight. Virgin Galactic calls this a new milestone for the company, explaining that two years of "extensive ground and atmospheric testing" went into making this possible.

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Virgin Galactic resumes test flights 2 years after fatal accident

Virgin Galactic resumes test flights 2 years after fatal accident

In 2014, a test flight conducted by Virgin Galactic, the company's commercial space flight division, ended in tragedy when a crew member was killed in a crash. Now, just shy of two years later, the company has held its first successful test flight since the accident. Virgin Galactic announced on Friday that a four-hour flight had been performed over the Mojave desert at a height of over 50,000 feet, marking the debut of the recently completed SpaceShip Two passenger vehicle, the VSS Unity.

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