The "Gateway to Space," part of Virgin Galactic's Spaceport America in New Mexico, is "now operationally functional," the company said on Thursday, though its commercial flights to space have not yet started. The company shared images of two floors of the building, which are filled with both spaces for technical operations and "communal spaces designed for use in the future by Virgin Galactic customers, along with their friends and families. The first floor is called Gaia — the Greek name for Mother Earth — and "serves as the social hub of the building, where everyone is part of the Virgin Galactic family.
Unity separated about an hour into the flight, then fired its motor. Take a look at the flight path our SpaceShipTwo will take during our fifth supersonic powered test flight. The flight window opens again tomorrow.
Reuters - A Virgin Galactic rocket plane reached space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping years of testing to become the first U. British billionaire Branson, wearing jeans and a leather bomber jacket with a fur collar, attended the take-off along with hundreds of spectators on a crisp morning in the California desert. After the rocket plane, also called the VSS Unity, reached an apogee of
The billionaire space race has reached a new frontier after Sir Richard Branson announced plans to list Virgin Galactic as a public company on the New York stock exchange. The Virgin tycoon is vying with SpaceX, founded by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, and Blue Origin, owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, to be the first business to provide commercial passenger flights in space. September Sir Richard Branson announces launch of Virgin Galacticsaying passengers could be flown into space by
Virgin Galactic is a spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.
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Richard Branson's space tourism company says it's only months away from launching a new era of commercial travel. The chai latte served at Spaceport America's Gateway to Space in New Mexico is just as wonderful as the employees of Virgin Galactic promised me it would be. Yes, the frothy sweet tea is delicious, but the signal it triggers in the pleasure center of my brain is just one part of the whole experience.
Virgin Galactic will soon have two space planes plying the sky, if all goes according to plan. The company's newest six-passenger SpaceShipTwo vehicleknown as VSS Unity, is nearly ready to fly tourists to suborbital space and back. Unity reached space on its two most recent test missions, and the craft is being prepped for a move to Spaceport America in New Mexico, the hub for Virgin Galactic's commercial operations. Serial No.
Where will these wealthy space tourists hang out before they get on their spaceship? Inside a gorgeous lounge full of natural materials, featuring a view of the New Mexico desert and not a piece of technology in sight. The lounge, which occupies the first floor of the spaceport, pays homage to the Earth, not the galaxy.
The launch into commercial space travel will be an aggressive one, if Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic gets its way. Within a document published by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission SECthe company describes a plan with crewed test flights starting in and sending 1, tourists into space every year by The filing describes a "universal fascination with human spaceflight" and notes that among the millionaire set Virgin Galactic is targeting, out-of-home experiences are often a priority beyond luxury goods or amenities.