SpaceShipTwo

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 […]
December 14, 2018

The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point

Celebrate the achievement, but please, recognize that commercial spaceflight has grown up since Virgin Galactic started the quest for space tourism. Everyone loves a successful space […]
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 […]
October 9, 2018

Virgin Galactic to reach space in ‘weeks not months’

Entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson has said that Virgin Galactic is “weeks” away from its first trip into space. “We should be in space within weeks, not […]
September 9, 2017

Virgin Galactic nearing powered SpaceShipTwo test flights

WASHINGTON — The chief executive of Virgin Galactic said Sept. 7 that the company’s second suborbital spaceplane was “at the edge” of beginning powered test flights, […]