- Unity Test Flight Program
- Galactic Unite
The exploration of space provides important benefits to life here on Earth. Because of their relatively low cost and quick development timelines, small satellites specifically are incredibly appealing both to established satellite users feeling the reality of fixed or declining budgets and to new entities looking to undertake their first space missions. But despite their… Read More
Today, a team of impartial experts at the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded their thorough investigation of the in-flight breakup of SpaceShipTwo during a test flight on October 31, 2014. In a public hearing held at the NTSB’s headquarters in Washington, DC, the organization’s experts and board members discussed their findings from the… Read More
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet on Tuesday July 28 to determine the probable cause of the October 31 2014 SpaceShipTwo flight test accident.
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When it comes to human spaceflight, re-entry back into the Earth’s atmosphere is just as difficult a challenge a blasting off in the first place. To solve this challenge, SpaceShipTwo uses a unique safety system called “the feather.” The feather combines the strengths of two classic re-entry styles, creating something new and improved that simply… Read More
LauncherOne’s Flexible Capability to Enable Global Connectivity. We have some great news to share: we have signed a contract to perform 39 satellite launches for OneWeb, a company that seeks to use satellites to provide affordable internet connectivity to the planet. In addition to the firm commitment for 39 satellite launches—which is already one of the… Read More
In the past few months we have been delighted to introduce some of the people who make up our team in Mojave, through a series of short films focused on different areas of the project. Our latest film introduces our accomplished pilot corps, led by Chief Pilot Dave Mackay. Our five Virgin Galactic pilots have… Read More
As hinted in our May 4th update, our team in Mojave has now completed an important milestone in the process of assembling and integrating the second SpaceShipTwo: on May 21st, the second SpaceShipTwo was lowered onto its own landing gear for the first time. Now that we’ve achieved Weight on Wheels, as this milestone is known… Read More
This weekend marked the six month anniversary of the tragic loss of Michael Alsbury during the VSS Enterprise‘s 55th test flight. Over those six months, we’ve made steady progress towards advancing the dream of opening the space frontier, an extremely difficult but also extremely worthwhile endeavor. While our satellite launch team has been hard at work at our new… Read More
A few weeks back, we introduced you to the second SpaceShipTwo and the men and women hard at work building our new vehicle. Today, we’d like to introduce you to our spaceship propulsion team. This team, as the name suggests, is responsible for the system that will power the spaceship and its occupants safely into… Read More
This past Saturday, we invited the public to come and see our new facility in Long Beach, California, and to learn about our many job openings. Long Beach and Los Angeles County are home to a large number of talented aerospace workers, and we hoped that many of them would be interested in joining us to design and… Read More