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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 Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

Virgin Atlantic flight forced to land over battery pack fire

A Virgin Atlantic flight from London to New York was forced to make an emergency landing on July 4 after a possibly faulty external battery pack caused a small fire. The plane, an A330 Airbus, had left New York's JFK airport and was on its way to London's Heathrow airport when the crew was alerted to the presence of smoke, forcing the pilots to make an emergency landing in Boston.

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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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Hyperloop One Missouri route would reduce 3.5 hour trip to 28 minutes

Hyperloop One Missouri route would reduce 3.5 hour trip to 28 minutes

Virgin Hyperloop One has revealed that a feasibility study on a hyperloop route spanning from Kansas City to St Louis has produced favorable results. The examination was performed by Black & Veatch, which created an independent report analyzing a possible future route next to the I-70 highway through Missouri.

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Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic will use ‘green’ fuel for commercial flight to London

Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to conduct its first commercial flight using a sustainable aviation fuel produced by LanzaTech. The flight will take place next month and involve one of Virgin's 747s, the entire trip serving as a demonstration of low carbon technology that may help combat climate change. The flight will span from Orlando to London.

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Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Virgin Hyperloop One wants to replace cargo planes

Hyperloop's transportation promises may have focused on bussing passengers until now, but two big players are expecting the high speed pod-in-a-pipe technology to have an even bigger impact on cargo transportation. Virgin Hyperloop One and logistics firm DP World have teamed up to create DP World Cargospeed, a new supply system for high-priority shipments.

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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 Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

Virgin Hyperloop One sees billionaire Branson back Elon Musk’s tech

There are some big changes going on with Hyperloop One today. Hyperloop and Virgin have announced a new partnership that will see Virgin Group founder Richard Branson joining Hyperloop One's board. Not only that, but a new investment from Branson and Virgin Group are bringing about a bit of a name change at the offices of Hyperloop.

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Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Spotify, Virgin America team to bring music in the sky

Virgin America, the airline, has teamed up with Spotify to offer the latter company’s music catalogue as a complementary service to its customers. This makes Virgin America the first airline in the U.S. to strike up a partnership with the music streaming service. Through this, those flying on the service will have access to all of the music on Spotify’s network, as well as more than 60 curated “mood lists” playlists that have music inspired by various cities.

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Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Netflix, Virgin America partner to bring quality WiFi, streaming to the skies

Streaming media giant Netflix and airline Virgin America have just announced they're partnering for a new promotion that brings high-speed WiFi, and the subsequent binge-watching, to the skies. Starting this week and until March 2nd, 2016, Netflix subscribers will have access to free WiFi on Virgin America flights with ViaSat WiFi-equipped aircrafts, allowing them to watch the video service's entire catalog from 35,000 feet.

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Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

Virgin’s in-flight Wi-Fi will be able to handle Netflix

The Internet has become so ingrained in our digital culture that people have started to look for it, and in massive doses, even in places that, until a few years ago, you'd never imagine would offer the service. But while in-flight Wi-Fi is no longer rare as a unicorn, airlines are still in a race to advertise the fastest and best speeds on can offers miles up in the air. The latest to boast of this is Virgin America, whose partnership with ViaSat means that, theoretically, their planes' Wi-Fi will be good enough for video streaming.

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