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Virgin Galactic Trio, Including The 1st Woman, Receives Their Commercial Astronaut Wings

Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic's chief astronaut instructor, recently received her commercial astronaut wings from the Federal Aviation Administration, making her the first woman to earn the honor.
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No Nausea For Beth Moses, Virgin's Space Tourist Trainer

Beth Moses was in the cabin of a Virgin Galactic spaceship when it climbed to 56 miles above California's Mojave Desert on February 22, crossing the boundary of the atmosphere into space and becoming one of the few non-astronauts to achieve the feat.
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Virgin Galactic Takes Crew Of 3 To Altitude Of 55 Miles

Virgin Galactic's spacecraft reached an altitude of more than 55 miles (88.5 kilometers) on Friday, carrying for the first time a passenger in addition to its two pilots. SpaceShipTwo, built by British billionaire Richard Branson to carry tourists...
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Virgin Galactic Sends Its First Passenger To The Edge Of Space

Virgin Galactic sent its first test passenger into sub-space today. The company's chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses accompanied two pilots on a flight 55.85 miles above the Earth, just a few miles below the internationally recognized space...
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Virgin Galactic Completes Another Test Flight, This Time With A Passenger

Virgin Galactic chief astronaut instructor Beth Moses rode the company's spacecraft as a passenger on Friday, a key milestone toward commercial availability of the flights later this year. Moses rode along to test "cabin design elements." The post...
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Virgin Galactic Flies A Surprise Passenger To Suborbital Space - Cnet

An unexpected crew member, plus some NASA experiments, ride along for the latest test flight of Richard Branson's SpaceShipTwo.
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Virgin Galactic Donates Historic Vss Unity Hybrid Rocket Motor To Smithsonian

Virgin Galactic has donated the hybrid rocket motor that powered its VSS Unity spaceplane into a new world record, the company has announced. The motor was donated last week following the historic flight that took place in mid-December 2018....

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Billionaire Richard Branson's Summer Plans? Head To Space

The British billionaire says he'll fly to space aboard his own Virgin Galactic spacecraft in July to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.        
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With Shiny New Badges, Virgin Galactic Pilots Join Elite Group Of Commercial Astronauts

Only four have received the designation Continue reading…
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Virgin Galactic Lays Off Staff As Test Program Continues

Suborbital spaceflight company Virgin Galactic laid off about 40 people earlier this month as part of a realignment of "skill sets" in the company's workforce as it prepares to shift into commercial operations later this year.

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Virgin Galactic Lays Off 40 Employees Ahead Of Transition To New Mexico Spaceport

Space tourism venture Virgin Galactic laid off around 40 employees earlier this month, as the company prepares to transition from its test program to commercial flights with paying customers. The layoffs, first reported by NMPolitics.net, amount to...

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First Commercial Spaceshiptwo Flight Is Expected To Launch This Year

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson aims to fly to space on the first-ever commercial SpaceShipTwo flight in mid-2019. On Thursday, Branson spoke about SpaceShipTwo on the CBS This Morning TV show, and how […] The post First Commercial...
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Richard Branson Expects Commercial Virgin Galactic Flights To Begin In Mid-2019

The founder of Virgin Galactic says he now expects to fly on the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle around the middle of this year after a series of test flights starting in the next several weeks.
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Virgin Galactic Boldly Goes With Under Armour For Suborbital Spacesuits

Under Armour will design the gear worn by passengers and pilots on Virgin Galactic's suborbital spaceflights, representatives of both companies announced today (Jan. 24).

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Under Armour Is Going To Space (for Real This Time) With Virgin Galactic

The new partnership echoes Under Armour’s 2015 brand content play with Ridley Scott’s “The Martian.” Back in 2015, Ridley Scott was preparing to release his newest film The Martian, based on the book by Andy Weir, which...

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Virgin Orbit's Rocket-launching Plane Keeps Taking Test Flights With Launcherone

The dazzling first trip to space by Virgin Galactic's crewed SpaceShipTwo Unity may have grabbed headlines last week, but another Virgin space launch company recently hit a milestone of its own.

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Scrubtastic End To 2018 As Spacex, Blue Origin, Arianespace All Opt For Another Day On Earth

But spare a thought for 'nauts coming home in punctured Soyuz Roundup  It's been a packed week to round out the year for rocket fans still giddy from Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital jaunt.…
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Virgin Galactic Flight Wins Praise From Government And Industry

While some question whether Virgin Galactic's latest SpaceShipTwo test flight actually went into space, a number of government officials and industry organizations have few doubts that it did.

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Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson Looks Ahead To Beginning Commercial Spaceshiptwo Flights

With a first flight to the edge of space under the company's belt, Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson believes commercial flights of SpaceShipTwo could begin some time next year.
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Behind The Scenes Of Virgin Galactic’s First Space Mission

Nicholas Schmidle writes about his on-the-ground observations of the first space flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.

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