August 01, 2016

FAA-AST Awards Virgin Galactic Operator License for SpaceShipTwo

New Spaceship Conducts Taxi Test as it Nears Start of Flight Test Program   We kicked off August with two important milestones. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operator license for SpaceShipTwo. The license award, which will ultimately permit commercial operations of the vehicle, was… Read More

May 11, 2016

2,000 New Mexico Sixth Graders Spacechat with Virgin Galactic!

To travel to space is the stuff of childhood dreams and better access to space is key to solving many of our planet’s greatest challenges. Through Generation Galactic, Galactic Unite’s Outreach Program, we strive to provide inspiration and practical support to young people to encourage them to pursue a STEM-based education and ensure that future… Read More

April 11, 2016

Shrinking Satellites Have a Growing Impact

The space industry today is as more exciting than ever, with inspiring missions in work all around the planet. New technology and new investments are making possible things even die-hard space aficionados couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. Some of these new missions are bigger, faster, and more complex than anything ever before attempted. But… Read More

March 17, 2016

‘Cosmic Girl’ 747 Modifications Underway

In December, we announced that we are now the proud owners of a 747-400, a part of our growing fleet of air and space vehicles. This beautiful airplane, coincidentally nicknamed Cosmic Girl, will serve as the dedicated carrier aircraft for our small satellite launch service, LauncherOne. Beginning well before that announcement, we’d begun the hard… Read More

March 10, 2016

Update from Mojave: Testing Testing 1-2-3

Three weeks ago, we unveiled our new spaceship, VSS Unity. As we wrote in the run-up to that unveiling, what we celebrated then was the transition to a new phase of work where, having already spent years testing its pieces and subsystems, we now test Unity as a completed vehicle. Virgin companies are known as… Read More

February 19, 2016

Richard Branson Unveils Virgin Galactic’s New Spaceship Named VSS UNITY By Professor Stephen Hawking

Richard Branson today unveiled Virgin Galactic’s much anticipated second SpaceShipTwo at a ceremony in Mojave, CA, attended by his family, Virgin Galactic’s Founder Future Astronauts, stakeholders and partners. Professor Stephen Hawking named the new vehicle Virgin Spaceship (VSS) Unity via a recorded speech and said, “I would be very proud to fly on this spaceship.”… Read More

February 18, 2016

What SpaceShipTwo’s rollout milestone means — and what’s next.

Very soon, Virgin Galactic will introduce our new spaceship to our customers, our partners, and the world. We’ll celebrate the hard work our engineers and technicians have poured into making each of SpaceShipTwo’s parts, testing each one of them, and assembling them together into our beautiful new vehicle. As we celebrate the end of one… Read More

January 14, 2016

Virgin Galactic and Y-3 Announce Exclusive Space-Apparel Partnership

Spaceport America in New Mexico provided the backdrop for the launch of a new partnership for Virgin Galactic which will see Y-3 take on the challenge of jointly designing and then producing the complete range of garments required for our commercial spaceflight operations. Y-3 is the collaboration between Japanese design guru Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas,… Read More

January 14, 2016

We’ve got a winner! University at Buffalo student Selected for 2016 Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship

Thank you to everyone who applied to this year’s Galactic Unite Team Flying Tigresses Scholarship. The scholarship was started by Galactic Unite to support women in STEM and aviation careers. This year’s recipient is Jennifer Merckel, currently a senior at the University at Buffalo who will graduate this spring with a double major in Civil and… Read More

December 03, 2015

Virgin Galactic Welcomes ‘Cosmic Girl’ To Fleet Of Space Access Vehicles

At an industry partners event today in San Antonio, Texas, Richard Branson and our small satellite launch team announced more important news in the development of our exciting LauncherOne business.. Due to high levels of demand for both SpaceShipTwo human spaceflights and LauncherOne small satellite missions, Virgin Galactic has decided to have a specifically dedicated… Read More