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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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Virgin Galactic takes another step toward space

Virgin Galactic sent its VSS Unity space plane skyward for a second supersonic rocket-powered test flight today, bringing the company one step closer toward reaching the space frontier. “It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and … Continue reading

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SpaceShipTwo goes supersonic in milestone flight

Virgin Galactic’s second SpaceShipTwo rocket plane flew a smooth, supersonic test flight today during its first rocket-powered outing since the first SpaceShipTwo broke up three and a half years ago. The craft christened VSS Unity has taken flight a dozen times … Continue reading

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Microsoft Edge gives VR boost to Virgin Galactic

Virgin Galactic hasn’t yet started taking tourists into space on its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, but the company now offers a virtual SpaceShipTwo tour on its website, with a big assist from Microsoft Edge Web Showcase. The upgraded website is a lot … Continue reading

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SpaceShipTwo flies a ‘dry run’ for blastoff

Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane today executed a successful gliding flight test that was “essentially a dry run for rocket-powered flights.” “Our major first today though was that with the exception of the rocket motor fuel grain … … Continue reading

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SpaceShipTwo test flight makes a splash

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo rocket plane took another step toward lighting up its engine in flight today, by simulating the shift in its weight with water instead of rocket fuel. Today’s test flight involved sending up the plane, christened VSS Unity, from … Continue reading

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New SpaceShipTwo flexes its wings in flight

Virgin Galactic passed another essential milestone today in the flight test program for VSS Unity, its upgraded SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, by bending its wings into a “feathered” position for the first time in the air. The company hailed the gliding … Continue reading

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