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Sky and Space Global takes out a four launch contract with Virgin Galactic

Sky and Space Global has taken out a launch contract with start-up air launch operator Virgin Galactic for four launches on its LauncherOne vehicle, starting in 2018. The Launcher One, which is carried into the sky before an air-drop launch …

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FAA grants Virgin Galactic an operator licence for its SpaceShipTwo rocketplane

After a full safety analysis of the vehicle, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for its suborbital SpaceShipTwo rocketplane. The award will eventually permit commercial operations of the …

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Virgin Galactic confirms that a former Virgin airline Boeing 747 will be used to air launch LauncherOne

Virgin Galactic has confirmed that it will use an ex-Virgin Atlantic Boeing 747-400 as a dedicated air-launch carrier (Stage Zero) for the LauncherOne two-stage expendable orbital rocket. The move to this air-launch aircraft, which previously operated as an airliner under …

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NASA orders three launches from new small launcher companies to loft cubesats

Cogniscent of its growing backlog of cubesats in its Educational Launch of Nanosatellites (ElaNa) programme, NASA has awarded for three individual flights on three small launch vehicles currently underdevelopment.  The total value of the contracts is US$17.2 million. The three …

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NTSB finds that pilot error was to blame for SpaceShipTwo failure but so was poor design and training

The premature in-flight deployment of the feathered tail plane speed braking system was the primary cause of the destruction of the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo (VSS Enterprise) on 31 October 2015, the formal investigation into the accident has concluded. The US …

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Arianespace gets US$1.5 billion launch order as OneWeb gets Coca-Cola backing

European launch provider Arianespace has been awarded a contract worth up to US$1.5 billion to launch most of the initial 648 microsatellite internet-communications Ku-band constellation for OneWeb. The launches will take place on 21 Soyuz-ST rockets over a two-year period …

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Satellite 2015: Virgin Galactic to enter the small satellite launch market in 2017

Speaking at the launcher panel at Satellite 2015 in Washington D.C., Virgin Galactic President, Steve Isakowitz, proclaimed that the small satellite LEO (Low Earth Orbit) market would be better served by a dedicated launch service rather than having to share …

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Virgin Galactic delays start of commercial flights yet again

In the long running saga of Virgin Galactic’s planned commercial suborbital launch service,  Sir Richard Branson has publically admitted on the David Letterman television show that the first commercial flight of his Virgin Galactic’s  suborbital launch vehicle operation will now …

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Virgin Galactic changes rubber-powered hybrid rocket engine to using plastic fuel instead

While it still has notional plans to make its first full suborbital spaceflight launch before the end of 2014, there remains doubts amongst Virgin Galactic’s critics whether this is still possible – not least because it has been revealed that …

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There looks to be a little wing rock on SpaceShipTwo

Virgin Galactic has released some video of its SpaceShipTwo making its engine firing and then going supersonic.  And it is apparent from the footage that the design still has a slight wing rocking issue as afflicted its predecessor SpaceShipOne which …

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FARNBOROUGH: Olympics will be boost to satellite television services and makes Thales Starstreak II missile famous already

While satellite and television companies are looking forward to the mini-windfall in revenues that the Olympic games will bring (satellite transponder leasing rates, advertising revenues etc) others have more pressing issues on their minds.   Currently the British Army is concerned

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FARNBOROUGH: LauncherOne detail scarce but Sir Richard Branson’s space family steals show anyway

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Farnborough 2012 was characterised by shower clouds, air displays (the A380 is flying) and Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo.  Courtesy: Flightglobal/David Todd

Despite displays by and order annoucements for Airbus and Boeing aircraft, the Farnborough International Air Show was stolen yesterday.  The perpetrator

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Official Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo captive carry flight video

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VIDEO: WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo take-off and landing

Congrats to the “Gupmyster” on his video of the WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo first captive carry flight take-off and landing. You could have earned yourself some cash if you’d sold it to us Gupmyster!…

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: WhiteKnight Two-SpaceShipTwo pass over Mojave

Watch this 22s video of Virgin Galactic’s first SpaceShipTwo (SS2) captive carry flight on 22 March 2010 as the WhiteKnight Twi, SS2 vehicles pass over Mojave…

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VIDEO: We want our future

Student based grass roots organisation wewantourfuture.org has released a video to highlight what it sees as inspirational aspects of any broad space programme that it thinks the USA needs to encourage young people to study science, engineering and mathematics…

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Reaction Engines goes to America

The UK’s “New Space” company Reaction Engines has posted a new news item on its website for January with a picture of the company’s founder Alan Bond and employees at a NASA facility. The company reports that

There was considerable interest

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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo unveil

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PICTURES: SpaceShipTwo unveil ceremony

In this blog post will be a series of images from the unveiling ceremony and party for SpaceShipTwo on 7 December 2009 at Mojave air and spaceport

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VIDEO: Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo “Enterprise”

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