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July 09, 2019

Investment News – A message from Richard

Last December, after Virgin Galactic’s historic first spaceflight, I penned a letter to my grandchildren, trying to express the importance of that achievement to future generations. I wrote: “Virgin Galactic has shown that when you set off on challenging but important adventures, exceptional people come forward to join the journey. People who are consistently by… Read More

July 09, 2019

Virgin Galactic and Social Capital Hedosophia Announce Merger to Create the World’s First and Only Publicly Traded Commercial Human Spaceflight Company

Virgin Galactic’s customer backlog would singlehandedly double the total number of humans to have ever gone to space Virgin Galactic has developed a set of unique technologies designed to enable a safe and familiar flying experience for customers to go into space and become officially designated astronauts Virgin Galactic’s technologies have created the first vehicle… Read More

April 09, 2019

Three Virgin Galactic crew presented with Commercial Astronaut Wings at 35th National Space Symposium

Colorado, USA (9th April 2019): The three-person crew from Virgin Galactic’s second spaceflight have received Commercial Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Chief Pilot, Dave Mackay, Lead Pilot trainer, Mike ‘Sooch’ Masucci and Chief Astronaut Instructor, Beth Moses, were presented their wings at the 35th National Space Symposium, where it was also announced… Read More

February 22, 2019

Virgin Galactic Makes Space for Second Time in Ten Weeks with Three On Board, Reaching Higher Altitudes and Faster Speeds, as Flight Test Program Continues

Mojave, California, USA (13 Dec 2018): Today, Virgin Galactic conducted its fifth powered test flight and second space flight of its commercial SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity. Please find reporting materials below for news coverage and multimedia reporting. B-roll & Images: Getty Press FTP: https://www.image.net/virgingalactic    Please visit periodically throughout the day and week for updates and additional test flight content. News… Read More

February 19, 2019

SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, Prepares For Fifth Supersonic Powered Test Flight

Virgin Galactic’s historic, first spaceflight, was a wonderful way for our dedicated and talented teams to close 2018. But now, with the rocket motor from that flight on show at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and our first space pilots proudly wearing their FAA Commercial Astronaut Wings, we are getting ready to return… Read More

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