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April 3, 2019

Why Next-Generation Astronauts Will Need the ‘New Right Stuff’ for Space Travel

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Successful space travel is going to take a lot more than brawn, brains and tech. During a talk at the Beyond the Cradle […]
February 26, 2019

The Challenges of Returning to Regular Life After Life in Space

In December 2018, Virgin Galactic made headlines by becoming the first “space tourism” company to reach the mesosphere, about 51 miles above the Earth’s surface. The […]
February 11, 2019

Virgin Galactic pilots join an exclusive club with FAA astronaut wings

WASHINGTON — The two pilots who flew SpaceShipTwo to the edge of space in December received commercial astronaut wings last week, joining an elite group that […]
January 25, 2019

Branson expects commercial SpaceShipTwo flights to begin in mid-2019

WASHINGTON — The founder of Virgin Galactic says he now expects to fly on the company’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital vehicle around the middle of this year after […]
January 21, 2019

Stratolaunch abandons launch vehicle program

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch, the company founded by the late billionaire Paul Allen, said Jan. 18 that it is ending work on a launch vehicle that would […]
December 13, 2018

Boundary of space being reconsidered as Virgin Galactic test program advances

WASHINGTON — As Virgin Galactic gets closer to its first suborbital flights into space, a potential change in terminology could make it easier for the company […]
December 2, 2018

Boundary of space being reconsidered as Virgin Galactic test program advances

WASHINGTON — As Virgin Galactic gets closer to its first suborbital flights into space, a potential change in terminology could make it easier for the company […]
August 22, 2018

Stratolaunch confirms launch vehicle development plans by Jeff Foust — August 21, 2018

WASHINGTON — Stratolaunch announced Aug. 20 that it is developing a family of vehicles, including a reusable spaceplane, that could launch from the giant aircraft it […]
July 27, 2018

Virgin’s Unity spaceship sets a new altitude record of 52 kilometers

“The views of Earth from the black sky were magnificent.” Virgin Galactic has been saying for some time that it will reach outer space this year, […]