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Virgin Galactic shows off SpaceShip Two test flight tail-cam video

Virgin Galactic shows off SpaceShip Two test flight tail-cam video

It won't be long now before those who can afford it are able to enjoy a luxury trip to space as Virgin Galactic conducts its second test that takes SpaceShip Two once more beyond the sound barrier. This time around, the company is trotting out a video that gives us a glimpse of how things might look like way up there beyond the clouds.

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Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

Virgin Galactic lights first rocket test in road to citizen space travel

The folks behind Virgin Galactic - cousin of the earth-bound Virgin Airlines - have lit their first rocket motor test on a ship that may one day bring everyday citizens on joy rides to space. The craft being tested this week goes by the name SpaceShipTwo, also known as SS2, it being one of several craft eventually set to offer brief flights to what Virgin Galactic calls "the edge of space" and back.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 12, 2012

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: July 12, 2012

This morning you'll first want to see the... plentiful bounty... that Rockstar has unleashed in preparation for Grand Theft Auto V - two screenshots! Next in a slightly more impressive display, analysts have predicted that a whopping 6.5 million Galaxy S III units have been sold in the second quarter of 2012. Today also marks a total of 50 years since the first live television satellite broadcast.

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Virgin Galactic reveals LauncherOne to quarter cost of satellite launches

Virgin Galactic reveals LauncherOne to quarter cost of satellite launches

Virgin Galactic has revealed the next step of its plans to commercialize space flight, unveiling LauncherOne, a new launch vehicle that promises to significantly cut the cost of space exploration. The satellite launch platform will cut the cost of putting a satellite into space to potentially just a quarter of current expeditions, down to under $10m and opening up the possibility to universities and research groups.

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Virgin announces Virgin Volcanic journey to center of Earth

Virgin announces Virgin Volcanic journey to center of Earth

Sir Richard Branson has explored the skies in a hot air balloon, delved into the deep sea, and even gone into space, but now his next project is to go to an entirely new desintation - the center of the Earth. Introducing Virgin Volcanic, a corkscrew-shaped vessel that will make its trips via five of the most active volcanoes in the world. It is perhaps Branson's most ambitious idea to date.

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Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

Virgin Galactic plans powered space flight test within the year

It's been slow going for the world's first commercial passenger space program, but Virgin Galactic is slowly but surely making progress. While it's already gotten its SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital craft beyond the reaches of Earth's atmosphere in successful tests before, it only did so with the help of a carrier vehicle, then glided back to earth and landed conventionally. The company hopes to install and test the craft's rocket engine before the end of 2012, marking a major milestone in Virgin Galactic's plans to create a space tourism business.

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