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VSS Unity

Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

For the first time in more than two years, a Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo has been unclipped from its carrier. The VSS Unity glided for 10 minutes under its own control, after being released from WhiteKnightTwo, after a previous four “captive carry” test flights. Virgin Galactic says the Saturday flight over the Mojave desert …

Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

Virgin Galactic will be carrying aloft its first paying customers "within 18 months to two years", according to chief executive George Whitesides. Speaking to the BBC at the Mojave Air and Space Port, Whitesides said the company is on track for lift-off "maybe sooner, but not much longer", despite being some way off finishing …
Lester Haines, 4 Jun 2015

Trickle-down economics works: SpaceShipTwo is a prime example

Worstall on Wednesday For the sake of my expenditure on blood pressure pills I really ought to stop reading those attempts The Guardian sometimes makes at making sense of matters economic. The latest cause of choler is Zoe Williams telling us all how Brit billionaire Richard Branson's space tourism (triggered, obviously, by the story of the very …
Tim Worstall, 5 Nov 2014
SpaceShipTwo launch

Dead pilot named in tragic Virgin Galactic spaceship crash

Vid A co-pilot killed during a catastrophic test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo has been named. Michael Alsbury, 39, died in the tragic crash on Friday, while Peter Siebold, 43, was seriously injured. Siebold, who is the director of flight operations at Scaled Composites – Virgin Galactic's builder and designer – was …
Kelly Fiveash, 2 Nov 2014
SpaceShipTwo crash

Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

Richard Branson raced to the scene of a Virgin Galactic test flight tragedy last night, after the company's SpaceShipTwo crashed killing one pilot and left another seriously injured. In a blog post, the British billionaire businessman said he want to be in Mojave, California "with the dedicated and hard-working people who are …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Nov 2014
SpaceShipTwo launch

Virgin Galactic vows to continue space program after 'serious anomaly'

Both Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites have vowed to continue the private exploration of space after Friday's crash that destroyed SpaceShipTwo, claimed the life of one pilot, and severely wounded another. SpaceShipTwo SpaceShipTwo at takeoff this morning "Space is hard, and today was a tough day. We are going to be …
Iain Thomson, 1 Nov 2014
SpaceShipTwo crash

Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight

Updated Richard Branson's commercial space company Virgin Galactic suffered a serious setback on Friday when a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo aircraft crashed during the testing of its rocket motor. SpaceShipTwo crash This doesn't look good "Virgin Galactic’s partner Scaled Composites conducted a powered test flight of …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2014
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
The Register breaking news

Virgin Galactic spaceship goes supersonic in second test flight

Virgin Galactic has moved one step closer to actual spaceflight with its second supersonic flight of its passenger carrying SpaceShipTwo. The test flight was a key milestone in the firm's attempt to become the world's first commercial space liner, flying (wealthy) tourists for brief journeys into suborbital space. The …
The Register breaking news

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
The Register breaking news

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 …
The Register breaking news

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
The Register breaking news

Branson's SpaceShipTwo rocketplane gets off ground

Beardy biz kingpin Richard Branson was overjoyed yesterday to announce that his passenger-carrying suborbital "SpaceShipTwo" rocket thrillride craft has left the ground for the first time. However it remained attached to its jet-powered "mothership" for the entire flight: independent operations aren't expected for some time. …
Lewis Page, 23 Mar 2010
The Register breaking news

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
The Register breaking news

Virgin Galactic tests laughing-gas powered rocket motor

Sir Richard Branson's space-tourism operation, Virgin Galactic, has announced successful tests of the rocket motor it will use to launch fare-paying passengers out of the Earth's atmosphere. Unusually, the rocket runs on laughing gas and tyre rubber. The SpaceShipTwo hybrid rocket in ground testing. Credit: Virgin Galactic …
Lewis Page, 28 May 2009
The Register breaking news

Virgin space mothership test details posted online

The firm building jet "motherships" and suborbital rocketplanes for Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic space joyride operation has begun posting flight-test results online. The move is perhaps an acknowledgement that the SpaceShipTwo programme and Virgin Galactic can only survive by maintaining high public visibility and …
Lewis Page, 22 May 2009
The Register breaking news

Branson mothership bottom smacked in 'touch & go' incident

Rumoured control issues in Richard Branson's WhiteKnightTwo rocketplane-piggyback "mothership" craft appear to be persisting. Reports have it that the innovative aircraft smacked one or both of its tails against the runway during a recent test flight. The WhiteKnightTwo prototype on the runway in Virgin video The tale of the …
Lewis Page, 22 Apr 2009
The Register breaking news

Branson rocket piggyback plane has control 'issue' - report

The "mothership" intended to carry beardy biz kingpin Richard Branson's planned space tourism rocketplanes to launch altitude has hit technical problems, according to reports. The WhiteKnightTwo on show to the public Prone to fishtailing? The WhiteKnightTwo high altitude jetplane, which has already carried out its first …
Lewis Page, 8 Jan 2009

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