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First space tourist flights from Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin could begin in 2019
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First space tourist flights from Virgin Galactic, Blue Origin could begin in 2019

SpaceX and Boeing are developing their own capsules to transport astronauts, most likely in 2020s.

Virgin Group's founder Richard Branson invests in super high-speed transportation systems Hyperloop One
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Virgin Group's founder Richard Branson invests in super high-speed transportation systems Hyperloop One

British billionaire Richard Branson on Thursday placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One.

Stephen Hawking has accepted an offer by Richard Branson to visit space aboard a Virgin Galactic ship
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Stephen Hawking has accepted an offer by Richard Branson to visit space aboard a Virgin Galactic ship

Hawking revealed that Richard Branson had offered Hawking a seat on board the Virgin Galactic, and Hawking had accepted the offer immediately.

Virgin Galactic granted Space Tourism Rocket operating License
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Virgin Galactic granted Space Tourism Rocket operating License

Richard Branson’s space company, Virgin Galactic, has been granted an operating licence to fly its passenger rocket ship with the world's first paying space tourists aboard once final safety tests are completed, the Federal Aviation Administration said on Monday.

World's biggest plane by Paul Allen's space company nears debut
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World's biggest plane by Paul Allen's space company nears debut

A space launch company bankrolled by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen intends to compete with space entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts by launching satellites into orbit from the world’s biggest airplane.

Things to know about the space tourism industry
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Things to know about the space tourism industry

Space tourism projects leaped off the drawing board when a $10 million prize was offered as an incentive for private development of manned rockets, but it took years to make a winner. Many more years have passed since, but the only space tourists have been a few wealthy people who paid millions of dollars for trips aboard Russian rockets to the International Space Station.

Facebook and Google shelve satellite plans
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Facebook and Google shelve satellite plans

Facebook and Google have both lost enthusiasm for satellite internet, according to media reports. According to reports Facebook is dropping its plans for a geo-stationary satellite over concerns that it will not recover costs.

After Virgin Galactic crash, US space industry prepare for more scrutiny
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After Virgin Galactic crash, US space industry prepare for more scrutiny

Last week's incidents have raised questions about the commercial space industry.

Despite SpaceShipTwo crash, Virgin Galactic to resume tests in 2015
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Despite SpaceShipTwo crash, Virgin Galactic to resume tests in 2015

Despite the SpaceShipTwo crash, Virgin Galactic will resume tests on its spaceships by 2015.

Image correction? Richard Branson vows to be first space passenger despite crash
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Image correction? Richard Branson vows to be first space passenger despite crash

Just days after Virgin Galactic spacecraft exploded over California's Mojave Desert, Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has reportedly said that he still plans to be on his company's first craft that takes tourists to space.<br />

Everything you need to know about the 'feathering system' on Virgin Galactic's spaceship
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Everything you need to know about the 'feathering system' on Virgin Galactic's spaceship

SpaceShipTwo is designed to take two pilots and six passengers into the vacuum of space on the power of a rocket engine after being launched from a jet-powered mother ship at an altitude of about 50,000 feet.

Was a lowly lever behind the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash?
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Was a lowly lever behind the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash?

A prematurely deployed slowing device could "well be" behind the Virgin Galactic spaceship crash, Virgin's boss Richard Branson said

Many questions still unanswered in Virgin Galactic's spaceship crash
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Many questions still unanswered in Virgin Galactic's spaceship crash

A team from the National Transportation Safety Board kept working Monday at the Mojave Desert crash site where Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo fell to the ground.

Virgin spacecraft deployed key function early leading to crash: investigators
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Virgin spacecraft deployed key function early leading to crash: investigators

Virgin Galactic is the fledgling space tourism company of billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson.

Virgin Galactic faces sharp criticism after SpaceShipTwo crashes
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Virgin Galactic faces sharp criticism after SpaceShipTwo crashes

SpaceShipTwo tore apart Friday after the craft detached from the underside of its jet-powered mothership and fired its rocket engine for a test flight.

Doomed Virgin Galactic spaceship may have broken apart in flight
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Doomed Virgin Galactic spaceship may have broken apart in flight

The head of the federal agency examining last week's fatal crash of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship during a test flight in California's Mojave Desert said on Sunday the vehicle appears to have broken apart in flight.

Photos: Virgin Galactic's test flight explodes mid-air, kills pilot
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Photos: Virgin Galactic's test flight explodes mid-air, kills pilot

The test flight of Virgin Galactic's passenger spaceship ended in tragedy after it exploded killing a pilot and seriously injuring one. Here are some images.

Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceship crashes, one pilot killed
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Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceship crashes, one pilot killed

Virgin Galactic's first commercial spacecraft crashed today during a test flight over California, scattering debris over the desert and leaving the fate of two pilots unknown, the company said.

After Skybox, will Google buy stake in space project Virgin Galactic as well?
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After Skybox, will Google buy stake in space project Virgin Galactic as well?

A couple of days back Google announced the $500 million acquisition of satellite imaging company SkyBox, and now the company is rumoured to be in talks with Virgin Galactic, the space tourism project backed by Richard Branson.

Reaching for the stars: Virgin Galactic tests supersonic passenger space liner
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Reaching for the stars: Virgin Galactic tests supersonic passenger space liner

For the first time, a commercial passenger space-liner designed to carry space tourists has made its maiden rocket-powered test flight, reaching supersonic speeds, paving way for commercial flights in the near future.