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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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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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