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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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Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

Virgin Galactic officially debuts SpaceShip Two, the VSS Unity

It's been some time in the making, but Virgin Galactic, the commercial space flight division of Sir Richard Branson's company, has officially taken the wraps off the new SpaceShip Two. As the first new craft from Virgin Galactic since the tragic crash during a 2014 test flight, killing one of two crew members, the ship will bear the name VSS Unity, which was given by none other than Stephen Hawking.

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Virgin Galactic, Y-3 team up for hip-looking space travel apparel

Virgin Galactic, Y-3 team up for hip-looking space travel apparel

The last few years have been kind to the space science and industry, putting it back on the map as one of the "cool" things in life. Being an astronaut (or even just a mohawk-wearing NASA engineer) is once again a cool and even reachable profession. But you know what would make astronauts cooler? Why, fancy new clothing, of course! That is why Virgin Galactic and Y-3 have announced a partnership that would give birth to a new line of "space apparel" for pilots, ground crew, and even passengers. Space isn't just the last frontier for humanity. Apparently, it is also for fashion designers as well.

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