Press Releases

October 26, 2017

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Virgin Announce Partnership on Spaceflight, Satellite Launch and Space Centric Entertainment Industry

PIF announce intention to invest $1 billion into Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company, and Virgin Orbit Riyadh, 26th October 2017: The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and Virgin Group (Virgin), have signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a partnership under which PIF intends to invest approximately $1 billion into Virgin Galactic,… Read More

March 02, 2017

Virgin Galactic Announces New Commercial Space Company “Virgin Orbit,” featuring LauncherOne Small Satellite Launch Service. Dan Hart, Former Boeing Executive, Appointed President of Virgin Orbit

Long Beach, CA – March 2, 2017- Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic are pleased to announce Virgin Orbit, a new commercial space company, and the appointment of Dan Hart as the first President of the newly created company. Virgin Orbit will offer flexible, routine and low cost launch services for small satellites via the… Read More

October 13, 2016

Virgin Galactic Promotes Mike Moses to President

Decorated NASA Veteran to Lead Virgin Galactic’s Human Spaceflight Program LAS CRUCES, NM – October 13, 2016 – Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is pleased to announce the promotion of Michael P. Moses to President. Moses, who joined Virgin Galactic… Read More

September 12, 2016

Virgin Galactic Announces Sky and Space Global as Newest LauncherOne Customer

Signed Launch Services Agreement For Four Dedicated Missions LauncherOne’s First Low-Inclination Missions PARIS, FRANCE – September 12, 2016 – Commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic announced today that global communications company Sky and Space Global (ASX:SAS) has signed a binding launch services agreement to purchase four dedicated missions on the LauncherOne system. Speaking at the World Satellite… Read More

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 Mojave, CA – – August 1 2016. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s Office of Commercial Space Transportation (FAA-AST) has awarded Virgin Galactic an operating license for SpaceShipTwo. The license award comes as the new vehicle, VSS Unity, begins to stretch its legs… Read More

June 28, 2016

Statement by George T. Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company, on the appointment of Steve Isakowitz as President and CEO of The Aerospace Corporation

“We are deeply proud of Steve and wish him the best as he embarks on this important new mission leading The Aerospace Corporation. I am sure he will serve our nation well, as he has many times in the past, contributing his crucial perspectives to the dynamic environment of national security and civil space.” “During… Read More

February 19, 2016

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

Mojave, CA – February 19, 2016 – Virgin Galactic, the privately-funded space company owned by Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, today unveiled its newly completed SpaceShipTwo. The rollout ceremony was attended by Sir Richard Branson and his family, Virgin Galactic’s Future Astronauts, and partners. Professor Stephen Hawking named the new vehicle Virgin… Read More

December 03, 2015

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

LAUNCHERONE PROGRAM TO USE DEDICATED 747-400 AIRCRAFT TO RESPONSIVELY AIR-LAUNCH SMALL SATELLITE CUSTOMER PAYLOADS San Antonio, TX – December 3, 2015 – Virgin Galactic introduced the newest addition to its fleet of vehicles today as part of a technical update on its LauncherOne small satellite launch service. The 747- 400 commercial jet aircraft, previously operated… Read More

November 09, 2015

Virgin Galactic Appoints Kelly Latimer As Pilot

FORMER TEST PILOT FOR BOEING AND THE US AIR FORCE AND NASA ARMSTRONG CENTER’S FIRST FEMALE RESEARCH TEST PILOT JOINS COMMERCIAL SPACELINE TO OPEN ACCESS TO SPACE MOJAVE, Calif. – November 9, 2015 – Virgin Galactic, the privately funded space company owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s Aabar Investments PJS, is… Read More

October 14, 2015

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

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida – October 14, 2015 – US space agency NASA announced today that it has awarded commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic a $4.7 million contract for the launch of more than a dozen cutting-edge experimental satellites.  The satellites, which will be selected and provided by NASA, will fly on a test flight of Virgin… Read More