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Next SpaceShipTwo reaches factory milestone

The rocket plane that’s due to become Virgin Galactic’s second commercial suborbital spaceship can now stand on its own two feet — or to be more precise, on its own landing gear. Get the news brief on GeekWire.

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SpaceShipTwo carries three people for the first time

Virgin Galactic followed up on last December’s first SpaceShipTwo flight past the 50-mile space milestone by sending up its first non-pilot on today’s test flight. The crew member who accompanied the two pilots was Beth Moses, Virgin Galactic’s chief astronaut instructor (and wife … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic makes a deal for spacesuits

Virgin Galactic’s billionaire founder, Richard Branson, today took the wraps off a partnership with Under Armour to create the spacesuit and the footwear that he could well be wearing on a SpaceShipTwo suborbital space trip within a few months. Under Armour will … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic plane takes 51-mile-high spaceflight

MOJAVE, Calif. — Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, dubbed VSS Unity, has become the first privately funded vehicle in 14 years to carry people to the edge of space — depending on how you define space. “I’m not allowed to say … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic aims for space — but how high?

Virgin Galactic says it’s beginning a series of SpaceShipTwo test flights that could cross the edge of the space frontier as early as Dec. 13 — amid a debate over where exactly that edge kicks in. The company has been … Continue reading

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SpaceShipTwo zooms through third supersonic flight

Virgin Galactic sent its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, VSS Unity, to its highest-ever altitude today during its third powered test flight — setting the stage for a full-powered push across the boundary of outer space. Unity was hooked beneath its WhiteKnightTwo carrier airplane … Continue reading

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Virgin Galactic signs deal for spaceflights in Italy

Virgin Galactic and a pair of Italian companies today signed a framework agreement aimed at bringing Virgin Galactic’s launch system to a future spaceport in the heel of Italy’s “boot.” The suborbital space launch system would be based at Taranto-Grottaglie … Continue reading

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