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February 07, 2019

Spaceflight Rocket Motor donated to the Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum

WashingtonD.C.,USA (7 Feb 2019): Richard Branson joined Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company (TSC) staff and guests today at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC, to announce that the hybrid rocket motor which powered SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, to space for the first time on December 13th last year, has been donated… Read More

December 14, 2018

Richard Branson Welcomes Astronauts Home from Virgin Galactic’s Historic First Spaceflight

History has been made and a long-anticipated dream realised in Mojave, CA, today as Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, landed from her maiden spaceflight to cheers from Richard Branson and the teams from Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company. Not only is this the first human spaceflight to be launched from American soil since the… Read More

December 12, 2018

Virgin Galactic Flight Test Program Update: SpaceShipTwo Preparing For Fourth Powered Test Flight

Incremental flight test programs are by definition open-ended and, to a great extent, each test depends on the data from the test that precedes it. There is no guarantee that everything will work perfectly first time and, like all programs seeking to take bold steps, we will inevitably have times when things don’t go as… Read More

July 26, 2018

Into the Mesosphere at Mach 2.4

Virgin Galactic test pilots broke Mach 2 this morning, as VSS Unity took her third rocket-powered supersonic outing in less than four months. After a clean release from carrier aircraft VMS Eve at 46,500 ft, pilots Dave Mackay and Mike “Sooch” Masucci lit the spaceship’s rocket motor, before pulling up into a near vertical climb… Read More

July 06, 2018

ALTEC, SITAEL, Virgin Galactic & The Spaceship Company Sign Framework to Bring Commercial Spaceflights to Italy for Science and Tourism

Grottaglie, Italy (Friday, July 6, 2018): Nicola Zaccheo, Sitael CEO, Vincenzo Giorgio, Altec CEO, and George Whitesides, Virgin Galactic CEO, signed at Sitael headquarters a framework agreement that intends to bring Virgin Galactic spaceflights to Italy. The agreement comes after two years of business discussions, government regulatory analysis, studies on potential operations and market assessment and… Read More

May 29, 2018

Richard Branson Welcomes VSS Unity Home from Second Supersonic Flight

Richard Branson joined Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company teams this morning, on the Mojave Air and Space Port flight line, to witness VSS Unity’s second successful, supersonic, rocket powered test flight. “It was great to see our beautiful spaceship back in the air and to share the moment with the talented team who are… Read More

April 05, 2018

VSS Unity First Powered Flight

Today VSS Unity, the first SpaceShipTwo built by The Spaceship Company, took to the skies to successfully complete its first supersonic, rocket-powered flight. This flight milestone was the result of many years of extensive design, manufacturing, ground testing and flight testing activities at The Spaceship Company. Today’s flight starts the final phase of Unity’s flight… Read More

January 11, 2018

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity successfully completes high speed glide flight

January blues? Not a problem in Mojave today as VSS Unity successfully completed her seventh glide flight! It’s been a few months since our last flight, during which we worked through a planned period of focused ground time. This involved extensive analysis, testing and small modifications to ensure vehicle readiness for the higher loads and forces of… Read More

October 26, 2017

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Virgin Announce Partnership on Spaceflight, Satellite Launch and Space Centric Entertainment Industry

PIF announce intention to invest $1 billion into Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, and Virgin Orbit Riyadh, 26th October 2017: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and Virgin Group (Virgin), have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a partnership under which PIF intends to invest approximately $1 billion into Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit, with an… Read More

May 01, 2017

UPDATE FROM MOJAVE: FIRST FEATHER FLIGHT OF VSS UNITY COMPLETED

As noted in our previous post, we’d learned enough from our past test flights to safely take the next step forward in our thorough test flight program. That step happened on a successful test flight conducted this morning from the Mojave Air and Space Port, during which we tested VSS Unity’s ‘feather’ re-entry system in… Read More