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Space Travel Takes Giant Branson-Fueled Leap

Space Travel Takes Giant Branson-Fueled Leap Apr 30th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Taking another step toward space travel for all, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo lit its engine Monday, breaking the sound barrier high above California's Mojave Air and Space port with billionaire Richard Branson on hand for the event. "Today was the most significant day in the program," Branson told NBC News. "I think that for those people who have been good enough to stick with us for the...

Virgin America's Most Frequent Flier Will Get A Gratis Trip to Space

Virgin America's Most Frequent Flier Will Get A Gratis Trip to Space Jul 25th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Virgin America is dangling the possibility of Virgin Galactic space travel in front of its most frequent fliers and Elevate reward members with a new promotion. The Elevate member who earns the most status points between August 8, 2012, and August 7, 2013, will earn the ultimate round-trip flight reward: a sub-orbital space flight on Virgin Galactic. This is part of a series of membership...

Trade frequent flyer miles for space travel

Trade frequent flyer miles for space travel Mar 2nd, 2012 at 4:00PM: Banking frequent flyer miles, business travelers save for travel gear, clothing, sports and recreation equipment, personal vacations and more. Now, Virgin Galactic is allowing their frequent flyers to trade miles for a ride in space. Virgin Galactic plans to send its first spacecraft, SpaceShip Two, on a suborbital space flight later this year. In a lottery, Virgin Galactic is allowing their...

Space Tourists: a cinematic journey to the ISS (w/ Audio Interview)

Space Tourists: a cinematic journey to the ISS (w/ Audio Interview) Dec 25th, 2011 at 10:00AM: Space Tourists airs tonight on the Documentary Channel at 8pm & 11pm When Anousheh Ansari boarded the International Space Station on September 20th, 2006, she became the first self-funded female, the first Iranian citizen, and the fourth human overall to enter the Earth's orbit as a coveted 'space tourist'. After building and selling a large telecom business, Ansari had...

Video of the Day - Flying over Earth on the ISS

Nov 15th, 2011 at 11:00AM: If you haven't seen this video since its emergence on the internet in the past two days, stop whatever you're doing, plug in your best headphones, quit your other applications (so you can watch in silky smooth HD), and full-screen this amazing compilation of moving images. Edited by Michael König, this time-lapse was created by stitching together a series of still images shot by...

Inside Virgin Galactic's Gateway to Space (VIDEO)

Inside Virgin Galactic's Gateway to Space (VIDEO) Oct 18th, 2011 at 10:30AM: Yesterday morning, Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, and Richard Branson welcomed guests inside Spaceport America to commemorate and christen the spaceport's main terminal hangar facility as the 'Virgin Galactic Gateway to Space'. Our team on the ground was on hand to capture the festivities, from the opening press conference to the Champagne...

Virgin Galactic christens terminal 'Gateway to Space' (Photos)

Virgin Galactic christens terminal 'Gateway to Space' (Photos) Oct 17th, 2011 at 6:00PM: The Montgolfier brothers had Paris. The Wright brothers had Kill Devil Hills. Today, Richard Branson can officially call the New Mexican desert 'home' for his burgeoning commercial space line. This morning, Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez, Virgin Galactic CEO George Whitesides, and Richard Branson welcomed guests inside Spaceport America, to commemorate and christen the...

Dirt-Road Driving To Explore Spaceport America

Dirt-Road Driving To Explore Spaceport America Sep 9th, 2011 at 9:00AM: In the wilderness of New Mexico, set in the dry, scrubby desert under a crystalline pale blue sky, is a construction site with a bombastic and cartoonish name, incomplete but already a monument to the hubris of interstellar exploration or maybe to tax-payer financed public-private partnerships of indeterminate future success. Spaceport America, a beautiful collection of Googie-inspired...

Virgin Galactic releases first "feathered flight" video

Virgin Galactic releases first May 18th, 2011 at 6:00PM: Historical implications aside, one of the most impressive and important aspects of Richard Branson's upcoming private space line is its distinct mode of atmospheric re-entry. Thanks to a breakthrough design by legendary aerospace engineer Burt Rutan, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo is one of the first craft to utilize a technique known as "feathered flight" to acheive a safer, more stable...

Space race brings trip around the Moon by 2015

Space race brings trip around the Moon by 2015 May 8th, 2011 at 7:00AM: We've heard of suborbital flights being booked by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, those have been in the works for quite some time. So have various plans for a replacement vehicle for the retiring space shuttles. Now, the news about space travel brings us to the Moon with a flight around the moon available coming up as soon as 2015 says one company already in the business. Space...

Space Travel Update: Texas, Virgin and the Federation

Space Travel Update: Texas, Virgin and the Federation Apr 13th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Space travel for all of us is slowly becoming a reality as legislators weigh in, job postings go up and the future begins to unfold before our eyes. Just a day after the 50th anniversary celebration of the world's first human spaceflight in 1961, the timing could not be better. Commercial Space Travel got a big thumbs up from the Texas legislature this week as lawmakers approved a bill...

Virgin's future lands at San Francisco's new T2

Virgin's future lands at San Francisco's new T2 Apr 7th, 2011 at 2:00PM: It is not often that you casually glance out of the airplane window and see the future racing up beside you, glistening in the California sun like a joyriding space catamaran. This happened in San Francisco yesterday as Gadling took part in Virgin's latest celebration of innovation. Virgin held an event to toast the evolution of flight as well as the opening of Terminal two at San Francisco...

New SFO terminal brings romance back to air travel

New SFO terminal brings romance back to air travel Apr 7th, 2011 at 7:00AM: It was 1954 when San Francisco International Airport (SFO) welcomed it's first flights. At the time, air travel was a luxurious experience and would-be classic airliners ruled the sky. This weekend, SFO reopens Terminal 2, thought to be the most modern and sustainable terminal in the United States, ushering in a new era of travel by air. "An airport terminal designed to bring back the...

Virgin Galactic signs deal with scientists for space travel

Virgin Galactic signs deal with scientists for space travel Feb 28th, 2011 at 11:00AM: While NASA's Discovery made its final frontier into space on Friday, Virgin Galactic was inking its own space deal, this time substituting space tourists for scientists. Southwest Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization, signed a deal with Virgin Galactic to conduct experiments in suborbital space. Two $200,000 tickets aboard the six-passenger SpaceShipTwo will be handed to...

First Virgin Hotel to open in New Mexico

First Virgin Hotel to open in New Mexico Feb 7th, 2011 at 12:00PM: We expected something a little more glamorous from the Virgin crew, but our friends at HotelChatter report that Sir Richard Branson's first hotel will open in New Mexico. Seems the voyageur needs a little place to sleep before lifting off to orbit from Virgin Galactic Spaceport headquarters (located in New Mexico). The good news is that there's more coming. Branson told HotelChatter that San...

Virgin Galactic sets sights on orbital spaceflight

Virgin Galactic sets sights on orbital spaceflight Dec 16th, 2010 at 4:30PM: The stakes in the commercial space race just got a little loftier. Today, Virgin Galactic officially announced plans to team up with two U.S companies in pursuit of developing a commercial manned orbital spacecraft. Backed by fearless entrepreneur Richard Branson, Virgin Galactic has chosen to support Sierra Nevada Space Systems (SNC) and Orbital Sciences Corporation (OSC) under NASA's...

First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video)

First craft lands at Spaceport America (Exclusive Video) Oct 26th, 2010 at 8:30AM: The future of travel is one step closer to taking off. Last Friday, Spaceport America officially dedicated its recently completed tarmac by welcoming two craft to land in front of a large crowd of Spaceport officials, future astronauts, and press. Gadling was on-site to witness history as Virgin Galactic's spaceship VSS Enterprise, carried by mothership White Knight II, made a dramatic...

Virgin Galactic's spaceship Enterprise flies first solo run

Virgin Galactic's spaceship Enterprise flies first solo run Oct 11th, 2010 at 9:30AM: The world is one step closer to the era of space tourism after an historic flight in the Mojave desert yesterday. Virgin Galactic's spaceship Enterprise took its first solo flight, detaching from the mothership Eve and landing on its own power. Enterprise can carry six passengers and two crew. The mothership Eve carries Enterprise up into the sky before the Enterprise detaches and ignites...

Virgin Galactic launcher delayed

Virgin Galactic launcher delayed Oct 2nd, 2010 at 1:00PM: We've covered space tourism company Virgin Galactic a lot here on Gadling. What hasn't gotten so much discussion is LauncherOne, a rocket that would take off from the WhiteKnightTwo mother ship, the same ship that carries SpaceshipTwo. While SpaceShipTwo is a space plane that would detach from the mother ship and fly into the high atmosphere, LauncherOne is a more conventional rocket that would...

Space tourism one step closer with Virgin Galactic's first manned flight

Space tourism one step closer with Virgin Galactic's first manned flight Jul 18th, 2010 at 9:00AM: The VSS Enterprise, also known as SpaceShipTwo, has taken its first crewed flight. It stayed in the air for six hours attached to its mother ship, the VMS Eve. Two crew members stayed aboard and conducted systems tests. This is the latest aviation milestone in an active month that saw the first overnight flight by a solar airplane and the first unmanned solar plane to fly for a whole week. ...

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