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Virgin Galactic

  1. [UPDATED] Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Has Just Suffered a Crash During Test Flight [Developing]

    Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo spaceplane—designed for space tourism—has just crashed.

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  2. The Winklevoss Twins are Using Bitcoin to Pay for a Trip to Space

    Be afraid, aliens. He's 6'5", 220, and there's two of him.

    Get ready for a sentence that would not have made sense to you even one year ago: Wonder Twin entrepreneurs Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss are officially going to space via the Virgin Galactic program, and they're paying the entire exorbitant $250,000 fee in bitcoin. In other news, we live in the future and it is ridiculous.

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  3. Virgin Galactic Broke The Sound Barrier and the Footage is Pretty Stunning [Video]

    Did anyone else just hear the Star Trek song start playing in their head? No? Just me?

    Wanna know what it's like to sit on the back of a rocket ship and watch as it breaks the sound barrier? Because for their recent test of SpaceShipTwo's reentry systems, Virgin Galactic stuck a camera onto the tail of the rocket and recorded its ascent into orbit. This is one of those videos you need to watch in 1080p -- trust us, it's worth the load time.

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  4. Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo Completes First Rocket-Powered Test Flight [Video]

    Your dream vacation to space --come on, you totally have one of those, right? -- may be a little closer to reality after today's test flight of Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo. This morning, the company completed a successful rocket powered test flight of the new ship it hopes to start sending tourists into orbit in later this year.

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  5. Space X Shows Off Their Grasshopper Test Flight

    Since NASA retired its space shuttle program, there has been a big, rocket-sized hole in our hearts. Several private companies like Virgin Galactic are trying to fill that void, but Elon Musk's Space X is really leading the way right now. Back in May of this year, Space X docked their Dragon spacecraft with the International Space Station, and over the weekend Musk tweeted photos and videos of a test flight of the new Grasshopper, their reusable rocket engine.

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  6. Virgin Galactic Unveils New LauncherOne Satellite Vehicle

    Yesterday at the Farnborough International Air Show billionaire Sir Richard Branson unveiled the latest piece of hardware for his spaceflight company Virgin Galactic. While the company has unto now made headlines for its bold plan to bring space tourism to (some part of) the masses, yesterday's announcment was LauncherOne, an unmanned vehicle for ferrying satellites to space.

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  7. SpaceShip Two Successfully “Feathers” Back to Earth

    Normally having a spaceship split in half during reentry would be a bad thing, but the giant floating brains at Virgin Galactic and Scaled Composites were hoping to do just that. Earlier this month in the Mojave desert, Richard Branson's space tourism company successfully tested the "feathered reentry" of their new spaceplane SpaceShip Two. Unlike the space shuttle and virtually every other spacecraft designed to return to Earth, SpaceShip Two has no heat shield to protect it from the fiery friction between the space craft and the Earth's atmosphere. Instead, the unique ship's tail section splits and folds, quickly and safely decelerating the ship. By reentering slowly, there is no chance for friction to build up on the craft. Today's demonstration is a major milestone for the company, as it verifies that the essential design of the craft is sound. If you ever wanted to blast off into space, but don't have the time for all that pesky astronaut training, your dream just got one step closer to reality. (via Universe Today)

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  8. Virgin Galactic Takes First Successful Manned Glide

    Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's space-focused offshoot of Virgin Atlantic Airlines, completed its first successful flight, taking us one step closer to a world where rich people can pay $200,000 a ticket and have a quick flight above the Earth's atmosphere.

    The "spaceship," called the VSS Enterprise, made it up to 45,000 feet before it glided back to the Mojave Air and Space Port. The Enterprise is carried up to the designated altitude by the Eve carrier before it is released and glides back down to Earth. The entire process took about 25 minutes, though hopefully after paying $200,000, passengers will get a little more space for their buck.

    Video after the jump: (warning: autoplay)

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  9. Space Memorabilia Alert: Artifacts from the Soviet Space Program on the Auction Block

    If you're still trying to decide whether or not you can handle the $200,000 price tag for a ticket to outer space on Virgin Galactic, you might consider warming up by purchasing your very own Russian Sokol KV-2 Space Suit.  Sudden rapid cabin depressurization?  Not a problem.

    Waddington's, an auction house in Toronto, has just acquired a large private collection of memorabilia and artifacts from the Soviet Space Program that will be going to auction this month.  Among the collection's more unique items are an Anti-Gravity Human Waste Disposal Unit, a Mir Space Station Control Console, and blueprints for Space Shuttle Buran's payload bay--pretty much everything you need to launch a makeshift space program from your garage.

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