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What it’ll be like to ride Blue Origin’s rocket

The folks who ride New Shepard, the suborbital spaceship being tested by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture, will be given barf bags to tuck into their flight suits. But they almost certainly won’t need them. That’s the word from … Continue reading

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SpaceShipTwo gets one last flight test for 2016

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo craft, VSS Unity, took its second free-flying test run today, closing off a rebuilding year for the space venture. At the start of the year, the company was still finishing up work on its second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, … Continue reading

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Second SpaceShipTwo flies free for first time

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, dubbed VSS Unity, successfully glided through its first free-flying test run today. The flight comes more than two years after the first SpaceShipTwo broke up during a rocket-powered test. The hybrid rocket engine wasn’t … Continue reading

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Japanese space tourism effort gets a boost

PD Aerospace, a Japanese company that’s similar to Virgin Galactic in its commercial spaceflight aspirations, has picked up two high-profile investors: ANA Holdings and the H.I.S. travel agency. In a joint statement issued on Dec. 1, the three Japanese companies said … Continue reading

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New SpaceShipTwo generates positive vibes

MOJAVE, Calif. – This time around, Virgin Galactic took no chances with the weather. When the first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was rolled out and christened Virgin Spaceship Enterprise in 2009, the craft sat out in Mojave’s December chill. A windstorm ended up … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic christens reborn SpaceShipTwo

MOJAVE, Calif. – Sixteen months after Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo rocket plane was lost amid tragedy, the second SpaceShipTwo was christened Virgin Spaceship Unity with a smashed bottle of milk and a big gulp of celebrity glitz. Hundreds of employees, VIPs and … Continue reading

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