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Virgin Galactic delays space tourism flights until Q4 2022

Virgin Galactic delays space tourism flights until Q4 2022

Not long ago, Virgin Galactic celebrated the completion of its first flight sending a civilian crew into orbit. However, there were problems with that flight when the spacecraft ventured outside its designated airspace, causing the FAA to ground Virgin Galactic until an investigation was completed. Eventually, the company was cleared to resume operations, but another delay has now hit Virgin Galactic.

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FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

FAA clears Virgin Galactic to fly after investigation

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has been cleared to resume flight operations by the FAA. Virgin Galactic had been grounded following the conclusion of an FAA inquiry focusing on the spacecraft wandering outside of its flight clearance zone on its Unity 22 flight in July. The FAA has confirmed that Virgin had accepted the corrective actions bringing an end to the inquiry that started on August 11.

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FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

FAA grounds Virgin Galactic flights

Virgin Galactic is one of a few companies that aim to take civilians into space. Recently, Virgin conducted a test flight that included Sir Richard Branson, the company founder, among its crew. Branson and other crewmembers lifted off on July 11 and flew the Virgin Galactic Unity aircraft to an altitude of 86 kilometers above the ground.

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Virgin Orbit reveals $3.2bn plan to go public: What Branson is counting on

Virgin Orbit reveals $3.2bn plan to go public: What Branson is counting on

Virgin Orbit may not be as well known as Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, but it could end up just as lucrative as the satellite-launching company plans to go public with a multi-billion-dollar valuation. Spun out of the private spaceflight company in 2017, Virgin Orbit uses an air-launched rocket to deliver more affordable satellite deployments.

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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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