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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

May 01, 2017

FLIGHT TEST UPDATE FROM MOJAVE

Before the first glide flight of VSS Unity, we shared a roadmap of our testing plan program. With several successful flights now in the books, our pilots, engineers, and mission controllers are getting prepared to take the next steps forward in the test program. One of these steps will be to test the mechanics of SpaceShipTwo’s re-entry… Read More

November 16, 2016

SUPERSONIC TRAVEL AND THE SPACESHIP COMPANY

Yesterday in Denver, The Spaceship Company’s chairman Doug Shane spoke at Boom’s unveil of its XB-1 Supersonic Demonstrator, a subscale prototype of the Boom supersonic passenger airliner. The Spaceship Company is a proud partner of Boom Supersonic and will provide engineering and manufacturing services, along with flight test support and operations. Doug introduced a congratulatory… Read More

September 08, 2016

UPDATE FROM MOJAVE: VSS UNITY’S FIRST FLIGHT TEST COMPLETED

Today marks an exciting milestone in our shared quest to open space to change the world for good. For the first time, a spaceship built by The Spaceship Company, and operated by Virgin Galactic has taken to the skies. One unique aspect of our human spaceflight program is that—unlike NASA’s Space Shuttle, Russia’s Soyuz, or other past systems—SpaceShipTwo… Read More

September 07, 2016

UPDATE FROM MOJAVE: PREPARATIONS FOR UNITY’S FLIGHT TEST PROGRAM

In the near future, our new spaceship, VSS Unity, will take to the skies for the first time. Having spent years designing, manufacturing, and testing the parts and subsystems that make up SpaceShipTwo, followed by several months of thorough and rigorous Integrated Vehicle Ground Testing, we are excited to take Unity into her natural airborne environment for the start… Read More

February 19, 2016

SIR RICHARD BRANSON UNVEILS VIRGIN GALACTIC’S NEW SPACESHIP NAMED VSS UNITY BY PROFESSOR STEPHEN HAWKING

Mojave, CA – February 19, 2016 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, today unveiled its newly completed SpaceShipTwo. The rollout ceremony was attended by Sir Richard Branson and his family, Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, and partners. Professor Stephen Hawking named the new vehicle Virgin… Read More

July 29, 2014

SHANE NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE SPACESHIP COMPANY

MOJAVE, Calif. – July 29th, 2014 – The Spaceship Company (TSC), the space manufacturing venture owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJS, announced today that Doug Shane has been named President.  TSC, the sister company of Virgin Galactic, is responsible for manufacturing the full fleet of Galactic’s innovative SpaceShipTwo… Read More

November 12, 2012

RICHARD BRANSON VISITS TSC & VIRGIN GALACTIC EMPLOYEES IN MOJAVE, CA

Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, today dropped into his Mojave, Calif.-based Virgin Galactic space company as part of a visit to the Los Angeles area. During his visit, Sir Richard, accompanied by his daughter, Holly, toured the extensive facilities and met informally with the Mojave-based workforce now numbering more than 175 Virgin Galactic… Read More

October 05, 2012

VIRGIN GALACTIC ACQUIRES FULL OWNERSHIP OF THE SPACESHIP COMPANY

Virgin Galactic acquires full ownership of The Spaceship Company Mojave, CA. – Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, today announced that it has taken 100% ownership of its sister company, The Spaceship Company (TSC), by acquiring the 30% stake held by Scaled Composites (Scaled) since TSC’s formation under a joint venture with Virgin Galactic. This… Read More

June 28, 2012

VIRGIN GALACTIC APPOINTS DOUG SHANE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER OF THE SPACESHIP

MOJAVE, Calif. – Virgin Galactic today announced the appointment of Doug Shane as Executive Vice President and General Manager of The Spaceship Company (TSC).  Shane joins the company after a 31 year career at Scaled Composites LLC (Scaled), where he served as that company’s President for five years.  He will report directly to George Whitesides,… Read More