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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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Virgin Orbit just launched 7 satellites from a 747 jet [Update: Video]

Virgin Orbit just launched 7 satellites from a 747 jet [Update: Video]

Virgin Orbit, Richard Branson's small satellite launch service, has successfully dispatched its latest payload today, further demonstrating the potential of the Boeing 747-based system. While Virgin Galactic may be focused on taking passengers and cargo into space the old fashioned way - atop a huge rocket that blasts off from Earth - Virgin Orbit was spun out to take a different and potentially much more affordable approach.

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AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

AA and Virgin Atlantic want this eVTOL aircraft for “flying taxi” city hops

American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic are looking to much shorter flights to expand their future services, each inking deals that could see them piloting electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft in the US and UK, respectively. The airlines have partnered with startup Vertical Aerospace, which is working on the eVTOL VA-X4 aircraft that can leap vertically into the air and fly for over 100 miles on a single charge.

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Virgin Hyperloop Passenger Experience vision is now more realistic

Virgin Hyperloop Passenger Experience vision is now more realistic

Elon Musk and Richard Branson aren't just competing for the stars, they're also racing to address one of the biggest human-made problems down here on Earth. But while Musk's Boring Company is digging underground, Virgin Hyperloop is envisioning something that looks almost like a traditional railway, except in a system of vacuum tubes. In fact, the company's new video detailing its envisioned passenger experience now has closer ties to reality though it still remains ambitious in terms of speed, scope, and, of course, price.

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Virgin Hyperloop carried its first passengers yesterday

Virgin Hyperloop carried its first passengers yesterday

History was made in the Nevada desert over the weekend when the Virgin Hyperloop carried its first two passengers. This test marked the first time humans have ever traveled in a hyperloop pod. The first two passengers were Virgin Hyperloop CTO Josh Giegel and co-founder Sara Luchian.

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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 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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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 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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