Virgin’s Spaceport is Finished But Obviously Not Launching Anything

If you're passing through New Mexico and need somewhere to buy a coffee and watch heat rising off tarmac, the Virgin Galactic Spaceport is finished and presumably on the map; although the glorified aircraft hangar won't be seeing any space tourism activity in the near future, because, well, that doesn't happen yet. Read More >>

Virgin Orbit Carries Out Its First Successful Rocket Drop Test From Modified Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit, the sister company of spaceflight company Virgin Galactic, nailed its first-ever drop test on Wednesday using a dummy LauncherOne rocket deployed from a Boeing 747 carrier named Cosmic Girl, reported. Read More >>

Historic Virgin Galactic Flight Reminds Us That ‘Space’ Is Just a Concept, Man

Yesterday, Virgin Galactic sent its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space, a historic first for the private company. But at a maximum altitude of 51.4 miles (82.68 kilometres), the spaceplane fell 10.6 miles (17.32 kilometres) short of the Karman line – the internationally recognised boundary separating the atmosphere from space. Prompting the inevitable question: What the hell is space, anyway? Read More >>

Virgin Galactic Spaceplane Makes First Powered Flight Since Deadly 2014 Disaster

Yesterday, the VSS Unity went supersonic during crewed tests, reaching speeds of 1,220 miles per hour. It’s the first powered flight of Virgin Galactic’s new SpaceShipTwo aircraft, and the first flight since the 2014 disaster in which a pilot was killed and a co-pilot severely injured. Read More >>

Richard Branson Announces New Space Company, Tries Pulling a Reverse Musk™

>Richard Branson at a mental health conference in April 2016 (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)“I hope in five years a reusable rocket will have been developed which can take up to 10 people at a time to stay at the Virgin Hotel for two weeks,” Richard Branson proudly announced back in 1999. Read More >>

Virgin Galactic Is Finally Back in the Sky

On Saturday, with the large grin of Richard Branson to see it off, Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, completed its first free flight over the Mojave Desert. Read More >>

Here Is Your First Look at Virgin Galactic’s New SpaceShipTwo

Two years ago, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo, the space plane it hoped to use to send tourists into space, failed on a test flight and crashed in the desert. Now, Virgin Galactic has unveiled a brand new version of SpaceShipTwo. Read More >>

Adidas Is Partnering With Virgin Galactic To Design the Spaceline’s Flight Suits

Space isn’t just the next frontier for human exploration—apparently clothing brands are also looking towards the heavens. Today, Adidas revealed that its Y-3 brand will be working with Virgin Galactic to design not only the astronaut pilot’s flight suits, but the outfits for everyone at Spaceport America. (For those not familiar with the brand, Y-3 is a fashion collaboration between Adidas and designer Yohji Yamamoto.) Read More >>

How Many Taxpayer-Funded Spaceports Does Richard Branson Need?

Space tourism sounds pretty fun, if exorbitantly expensive. The ticket to ride is far from the only pricey thing about it. Building a spaceport for launches and returns costs hundreds of millions. So why does Sir Richard Branson now want to build one in the UK, right after finishing one in America—which isn’t even sending folks to low orbit yet? Read More >>

Virgin Galactic Announces New “Cosmic Girl” Mothership That Could Help It Compete With SpaceX

Space cowboy Richard Branson and his company, Virgin Galactic, has showed off a 747-400 airplane that could launch rocket payloads from the air, straight into orbit. Read More >>

Flight Tests of Virgin Galactic’s New Space Plane Could Start Early Next Year

Hard to believe, but it’s been one year since SpaceShipTwo disintegrated during a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. Undaunted by the tragedy, Virgin Galactic has been hard at work building the second version of the suborbital rocket plane: a slightly modified version that may finally usher in the era of space tourism. Read More >>

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo Crash Caused By Lack of Oversight 

An official investigation into the deadly crash of a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo over California last October finds that a co-pilot unlocked the ship’s braking system too early. The incident, according to the US National Transportation and Safety Board’s report, could have been prevented with better safety procedures. Read More >>

Virgin Galactic to Launch 39 Internet Connectivity Satellites

Virgin Galactic has today announced that it has won the contract to launch 39 satellites for OneWeb, using its LauncherOne rockets. Read More >>

Virgin Galactic Pilot Speaks Out About SpaceShipTwo’s Tragic Crash

Last year, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed catastrophically above the Mojave desert, killing one of its pilots. Now, the pilot of White Knight Two, which carried SpaceShipTwo to altitude, has spoken out about what happened on the day. Read More >>

The Troubled Future of the World’s First Commercial Spaceport

Completed in October 2011, Spaceport America is an 18,000 acre commercial spaceport—the first of its kind in the world—that was going to be a major hub for SpaceX and Virgin Galactic, as each company toils away on developing the future of private spaceflight. It's been more than three years since opening, and New Mexico is still waiting for the payoff. Read More >>