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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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Virgin Galactic adds “Cosmic girl” 747-400 jet to fleet

Virgin Galactic adds “Cosmic girl” 747-400 jet to fleet

Virgin Galactic has announced that it has added a new aircraft to its fleet of space access vehicle. The new aircraft is a 747-400 and it is dubbed "Cosmic Girl" by Virgin. The aircraft will be used as a dedicated launch platform for the LauncherOne orbital vehicle.

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New Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two to be completed in February

New Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two to be completed in February

It's been almost a year ago now since tragedy struck Virgin Galactic. During an engine test, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two aircraft crashed killing one pilot and leaving the other hospitalized. Company founder Richard Branson now says that the company is back on track and the image you see here is the new SpaceShip Two nearing completion.

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Virgin Galactic’s launch spot will be a former Boeing facility

Virgin Galactic’s launch spot will be a former Boeing facility

For the past few months, SpaceX and its launches, and its landings, have been the focus of many rocket science and space travel news, but it is hardly the only game in town. It's rival Virgin Galactic will soon be entering the news again once it starts the construction of what would be its future launching pad. The company has just inked a deal that would let it build a 150,000 sq. ft. facility on a former Boeing space at Long Beach Airport, where it plans to have LuancherOne launches every two to three hours.

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Space Tourism is still a distant dream

Space Tourism is still a distant dream

If you're anything of an Elon Musk or SpaceX fan, or have just been following the two's high-profile news and announcements, your imagination may have been tickled pink by the prospect of regularly flying into space for leisure or business. In other words, space tourism. But despite the growing body of news around developments in this area, particularly in the design and manufacturing of rockets, recent rocket explosions should have also been a rather tragic wake up call, one that should make us ask again the most important and lingering question of all: are we really ready for non-professional, commercial space travel?

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