Updates

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

November 23, 2015

NASA Announces Partnership With Virgin Galactic’s LauncherOne

Last week, NASA announced that it had selected Virgin Galactic as a partner in its Collaborative Opportunities program. As part of this new partnership, NASA will provide Virgin Galactic with technical expertise and access to test facilities to aid the development of our LauncherOne small satellite launch service. Specifically, NASA’s Ames Research Center experts will… Read More

November 17, 2015

An Introduction to Testing

It is easy to think that testing in our industry is all about vehicles in flight. The reality is that flight testing is just the tip of the iceberg. Below the waterline is a huge base of support that is required to ensure each of those test flights is successful. Testing every component of the… Read More

October 14, 2015

Virgin Galactic Wins NASA Contract To Launch More Than A Dozen Satellites On LauncherOne

We’re designing LauncherOne to help researchers and innovators get their satellites into space affordably, responsively, and reliably, because we know that small satellites can successfully complete a staggering array of different types of mission. That’s why we’re excited and proud to announce today that NASA has purchased a flight on LauncherOne through its Venture Class… Read More

October 14, 2015

NewtonThree rocket engine, First Stage of LauncherOne Orbital Vehicle, Achieves 90 Second Hotfire

Recently, we shared a video showing a recent test of the NewtonThree rocket engine that powers our small satellite launch vehicle, LauncherOne. Even in the short time since then, our in-house team of engineers and technicians has made excellent progress. Today, we’re pleased to share a new video showing a ninety-second test firing of the… Read More

September 28, 2015

LauncherOne In-House Rocket Propulsion Team Achieves Key Test Milestones

Alongside the great work happening with our human spaceflight program, our LauncherOne team has been making steady progress on all of the key components of our dedicated small satellite launch vehicle LauncherOne at our custom-built test stands in Mojave. Check out the video below to see the latest successful test firing of the NewtonThree main… Read More