Articles tagged “virgin galactic”

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Virgin Galactic Moves Closer to Shuttling Tourists to Space After Test Flight

Associated Press

It counts as progress that nobody died when Virgin Galactic tested its rocketship this time. It's still unclear when, if ever, expensive suborbital flights will become a reality for wealthy vacationers, especially considering the demonstrable safety risks.

4 months ago

Virgin Group’s Space Ventures Secures $1 Billion Saudi Arabia Investment

Virgin Group’s Space Ventures Secures $1 Billion Saudi Arabia Investment

Nour Al Ali and Matthew Martin, Bloomberg

When the oil wells run dry, Saudi Arabia hopes to generate money by shuttling passengers through outer space (Virgin Galactic) and point to point in cars (Uber) through cities around the world. When you have cash to burn, there could be much worse investments.

10 months ago

Richard Branson Aims to Ride Virgin Galactic Into Space in 2018

Richard Branson Aims to Ride Virgin Galactic Into Space in 2018

Bruce Einhorn, Bloomberg

Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, which suffered a fatality in 2014, is losing the space race to Jeff Bezos-backed Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX. Of course, it's all very early, though.

1 year ago

Virgin Galactic to Resume Test Flights of Its Commercial Spacecraft

Virgin Galactic to Resume Test Flights of Its Commercial Spacecraft

Benjamin Katz , Bloomberg

The commercial spaceliner race continues, but concerns about safety loom, threatening the viability of this new way to fly.

2 years ago

Virgin Galactic Team Returns to Spaceport America to Test New Tourism Space Ship

Virgin Galactic Team Returns to Spaceport America to Test New Tourism Space Ship

Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press

It's been nearly two years since the tragic accident involving an older version of SpaceShipTwo but the Virgin Galactic Team is back in New Mexico for the first time since, testing out its new aircraft.

2 years ago

Virgin Galactic’s New Tourism Space Ship Is Coming Today

Virgin Galactic’s New Tourism Space Ship Is Coming Today

John Antczak, Associated Press

We look forward to more testing.

2 years ago

Spaceport America Visitor Center Opens as Virgin Galactic Vows to Resume Flights

Spaceport America Visitor Center Opens as Virgin Galactic Vows to Resume Flights

Associated Press

The Spaceport America visitor center is banking on the prospect that Virgin Galactic will be able to resume test flights and eventually launch commercial flights. There is a lot riding on that not only for Virgin Galactic but for New Mexico and the entire space tourism industry.

3 years ago

Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico Spaceport Looks for More Reliable Revenue Sources

Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico Spaceport Looks for More Reliable Revenue Sources

Associated Press

The day space-bound aircraft begin taking off on the regular will be a fascinating one, but until that time comes this will be a curiosity only enjoyed by the rich and the fickle.

3 years ago

At Least One Year Delay for Virgin Galactic After Last Fall’s Fatal Crash

At Least One Year Delay for Virgin Galactic After Last Fall’s Fatal Crash

Kari Lundgren and Cory Johnson, Bloomberg

When it happens, we'll be impressed. But we're not bullish on the timeline.

3 years ago

Two Dozen Virgin Galactic Space Tourists Cancel Their Sub-Orbital Plans

Two Dozen Virgin Galactic Space Tourists Cancel Their Sub-Orbital Plans

Jeremy Hodges, Bloomberg

The cancellations represent a multi-million dollar hit for Virgin, one which they're likely to replace with other willing passengers quite soon.

4 years ago

Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash Likely to Spur First Space Tourism Regulations

Fatal Virgin Galactic Crash Likely to Spur First Space Tourism Regulations

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

By the time the spacecraft start flying paying guests they should be afforded similar protections as other passengers, and the providers should have similar responsibilities.

4 years ago

Virgin Galactic Seeks to Resume Test Flights in the Summer

Virgin Galactic Seeks to Resume Test Flights in the Summer

Susan Montoya Bryan , Associated Press

With the cause of the crash undetermined, it is hard to figure how Virgin Galactic can pinpoint when test flights would resume.

4 years ago