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Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Kennedy Space Center in 2009, at the end of its STS-129 mission to the ISS. Pic: NASA

NASA space shuttle landing site to turn commercial

The Florida facility used by NASA as a landing site for its retired space shuttle fleet could see new life as a commercial spacecraft facility. Local news station WFTV reports that the US space agency is in talks with the state's Space Florida agency on plans that would turn the portion of the Kennedy Space Center previously …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2014
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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

Venture capitalists Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are the latest thrill-seekers to sign up for seats on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, and true to form, they have paid for their tickets in Bitcoins. "Since their inceptions, Bitcoin and Virgin Galactic have been writing the next chapter in our history books," Tyler …
Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo

Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo reusable space vehicle completed its third supersonic test flight on Friday, successfully reaching its highest altitude yet. The craft was first lifted to a height of about 46,000 feet (14,021m) by Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft. Once aloft, its rocket motor was fired for 20 …
Neil McAllister, 11 Jan 2014
Artist's concept of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Stewardess first to book $250k Virgin Galactic 'space trip' with BITCOINS

Brit entrepreneur Richard Branson's space-faring venture Virgin Galactic will now accept Bitcoins. In a grainy Skype call from his idyllic Necker Island paradise, the multi-platform mogul told CNBC today that his high-altitude zoom-zoom firm would let people pay for their lifts in bitcoin. "Why not?" he said. "It's a new …
Jack Clark, 22 Nov 2013

Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

Richard Branson has denied that he lives on his Caribbean private island for tax reasons, after a report over the weekend branded him "tax exile". The Virgin Galactic boss claims he relocated to Necker in the British Virgin Islands for the good of his health and because he loves the 74sq acre self-made resort. "Seven years …
Dr Adam Baker

So, rocket boffin Dr Adam Baker: Will we live long and prosper in SPACE?

Interview Recently, El Reg gave you a rundown of the key players in the new commercial space race: companies like Armadillo, Bigelow, Mars One and Virgin Galactic, which are chasing the space-tourist dollar, and the likes of Excalibur Almaz, Masten Space Systems, Reaction Engines and SpaceX, which have more serious applications in mind …
Shaun Dormon, 18 Sep 2013
SpaceX Grasshopper

From launch to orbit: The new commercial space pioneers

Feature We all know that many 20th century prophecies of life in the new millennium never came to pass. Among them were flying cars, meals-in-a-pill and annihilation by Skynet, to name but a few. However, taking the crown of unfulfilled expectations has to be private spaceflight for business or pleasure. With all the rapid space tech …
Shaun Dormon, 16 Sep 2013
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Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

Finally. Sir Richard Branson's long-delayed commercial spaceliner, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo, has successfully completed its first rocket-powered test flight. Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo on successful April 29, 2013 test flight Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo during its first rocket-powered test flight (click to …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Apr 2013
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Asteroid miners to strap 'scopes to new Virgin Galactic rocket

Washington-based Planetary Resources is pursuing the dream of mining near-Earth asteroids, signing a deal with the UK's Virgin Galactic for payload services. Planetary Resoures wants to use Virgin Galactic's LauncherOne booster to blast a series of robot craft into space to pave the way for asteroid mining. The firm's Arkyd- …
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Richard Branson gets nod to strap rocket on SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic has finally got the green light to attempt supersonic rocket-powered SpaceShipTwo flights at the end of the year. The SpaceShipTwo craft takes to the air carried by its WhiteKnightTwo mothership. Credit: Virgin Galactic The SpaceShipTwo craft takes to the air carried by its WhiteKnightTwo mothership The …
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Virgin Galactic announces test flight plans

Virgin Galactic has announced that it expects to go ex-atmospheric in a test flight this year. The announcement comes hard on Virgin Galactic’s remarks to Playboy magazine about long-term hopes to give space extra sex-appeal via an orbital nookie palace. With Reuters reporting that Virgin Galactic has pre-sold 500 customers, …
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Playboy, Virgin Galactic tout zero-grav nookie in spaaaaace!

Quality journalism bastion Playboy has teamed up with boffins at Virgin Galactic to create the one thing missing in the universe - a Playboy Club in space. Enlisting the help of futurists as well as rocket scientists from the civilian space company of Richard Branson, Playboy has envisioned what it calls a "celestial mecca" …
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SpaceShipOne designer produces hybrid flying car

Burt Rutan, the famous engineer behind the Ansari X-Prize-winning SpaceShipOne and many other amazing aircraft, has produced a hybrid-electric aeroplane which can also be driven on roads as his final design before retirement. The BiPod features twin fuselages equipped with electrically driven wheels and propellers (though the …
Lewis Page, 18 Jul 2011
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Virgin space rocketship trials 'feather' re-entry system

The SpaceShipTwo suborbital rocketplane, commissioned by beardy biz-lord Richard Branson in order to offer zero-G exoatmospheric joyrides to wealthy customers, has flight-tested its unique "feathering" re-entry mode. VSS Enterprise in feathered descent testing. Credit: Clay Observatory/Virgin Galactic Engage shuttlecock mode …
Lewis Page, 5 May 2011
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Branson 'spaceship' successfully falls off mothership

Virgin Galactic, the nascent suborbital joyride company backed by bearded biz-lord Richard Branson, has announced a further milestone on its road to dominance in the exoatmospheric-excursion market. In a test yesterday, one of the firm's passenger rocketplanes was successfully dropped from a jet "mothership" at 45,000 feet to …
Lewis Page, 11 Oct 2010
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Virgin Galactic trumpets SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic yesterday unveiled its SpaceShipTwo (SS2) passenger-carrying rocketplane in a lavish* ceremony at New Mexico's "Spaceport America". The SS2 roll-out. Pic: Virgin Galactic SS2 rolled out slung under the WhiteKnightTwo mothership, which will eventually carry it aloft to 50,000ft before the pair part company …
Lester Haines, 8 Dec 2009
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Virgin Galactic leases itself a spaceport

Virgin Galactic has signed with the state of New Mexico to build the nation's first rocketplane spaceport for flinging wealthy customers out of Earth's atmosphere. The suborbital-tourism firm owned by British billionaire Richard Branson inked the 20-year lease agreement this week to establish its HQ at the planned state-funded …
Austin Modine, 2 Jan 2009
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo

Virgin rejects $1m space sex offer

Virgin Galactic has rather churlishly rejected a $1m offer to allow an unnamed company to shoot a zero-grav grumble flick aboard its SpaceShipTwo vehicle - thereby depriving science of crucial research into how humanity might procreate during the very long haul to the nearest Earth-like planet once we've finally screwed this …
Lester Haines, 3 Oct 2008

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