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Virgin Spaceship First Powered test Flight Gets Thumbs-up From Sir Richard

Posted: May 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: World First | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Virgin Spaceship First Powered test Flight Gets Thumbs-up From Sir Richard

Virgin Space Test Flight

Virgin megaboss Sir Richard Branson is überconfident his spaceflight company has moved a giant step closer to launching commercial flights into space, after a six-passenger spaceship fired its rocket engine in flight for the first time. The powered test flight over California’s Mojave Desert lasted 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.

Virgin Galactic is selling rides aboard SpaceShipTwo for $193,000 per person and so far more than 500 people have put down deposits. Branson and his children plan to be the first non-test pilots to ride in the spacecraft this time next year. SpaceShipTwo is based on a three-person prototype called SpaceShipOne, which in October 2004 clinched the $9.6 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded human spaceflights :: Read the full article »»»»

Branson Opens Spaceport America

Posted: October 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Aviation News, Destinys Mother, Favorite New Thought, Fly Your Kite, Grilled, M.Aaron Silverman | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Branson Opens Spaceport America

Our favorite  billionaire, Richard Branson has opened the world’s first commercial spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the brand new home for his space adventure company Virgin Galactic.

The flamboyant British businessman, exuding his usual flair and cheesy grin, waves of blond hair flying, inaugurated the building by breaking a champagne bottle against the building, while rappelling down the side of it, hung 20 meters above the ground from the main terminal roof.

Spaceport America”, will serve “as the operating hub for Virgin Galactic and is expected to house up to two WhiteKnightTwos and five SpaceShipTwos, in addition to all of Virgin’s astronaut preparation facilities and mission control.

About 150 people are booked for lift-off on the first flights to orbit attended the opening event. Also attending were the head of Virgin Galactic, George Whitesides, commercial director Stephen Attenborough, and famed US astronaut – and second person to step on the moon – Buzz Aldrin. Branson said he hoped to launch a vessel into space within the next 12 months, which he said would kick off an era of commercial space travel. Read the rest of this entry »