Updates

October 26, 2017

Saudi Arabia Announces Intended $1bn Investment in Virgin Space Companies

Today at Future Investment Initiative, a major investment conference in Riyadh, Crown Prince HRH Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud and Sir Richard Branson announced an exciting partnership, whereby Saudi Arabia, via the Public Investment Fund,  intends to take a significant stake in Virgin Galactic, Virgin Orbit and The Spaceship Company with an investment of approximately $1bn. Under the… Read More

August 04, 2017

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity Flies with Propulsion Systems Installed and Live

It was a beautiful summer’s morning  here in Mojave today and a great day for flying! During the couple of months since VSS Unity’s last flight, our teams have been focusing their efforts on a long list of ground-based test and installation activities. With those successfully completed, it was time to get VSS Unity back… Read More

June 01, 2017

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity Loads Up for Latest Flight

Whatever might be said about Mojave – it is rarely a dull place! Hot on the heels of yesterday’s exciting first appearance of the huge carrier aircraft from our Mojave neighbors Stratolaunch, our own vehicles took to the skies this morning for VSS Unity’s ninth test flight. It was exactly a month ago that our… Read More

May 01, 2017

Update from Mojave: First Feather Flight of VSS Unity Completed

As noted in our previous post, we’d learned enough from our past test flights to safely take the next step forward in our thorough test flight program. That step happened on a successful test flight conducted this morning from the Mojave Air and Space Port, during which we tested VSS Unity’s ‘feather’ re-entry system in… Read More

May 01, 2017

Flight Test Update from Mojave

Before the first glide flight of VSS Unity, we shared a roadmap of our testing plan program. With several successful flights now in the books, our pilots, engineers, and mission controllers are getting prepared to take the next steps forward in the test program. One of these steps will be to test the mechanics of… Read More

December 03, 2016

Update from Mojave: Successful First Glide Flight Test for VSS Unity

Our new spaceship, VSS Unity, has successfully completed its first free flight! Today’s important test flight marks the first time that a vehicle built by our sister organization, The Spaceship Company, has flown fully under its own control. Today, VSS Unity was piloted by Mark Stucky and Dave Mackay, with pilots Mike Masucci and Todd… Read More

November 01, 2016

Update from Mojave: The Next Phase of Flight Test

In September, VSS Unity took to the skies for the first time. It was a fulfilling and emotional experience for our team—but even more so, it was an opportunity to collect great data. Using our carrier airplane, WhiteKnightTwo VMS Eve, as a ‘flying wind tunnel,’ we captured terabytes of extremely valuable data from a nearly… Read More

September 09, 2016

Update from Mojave: VSS Unity’s First Flight Test Completed

Today marks an exciting milestone in our shared quest to open space to change the world for good. For the first time, a spaceship built by our manufacturing arm, The Spaceship Company, and operated by us at Virgin Galactic has taken to the skies. One unique aspect of our human spaceflight program is that—unlike NASA’s… Read More

September 07, 2016

Update From Mojave: Preparations for Unity’s Flight Test Program

In the near future, our new spaceship, VSS Unity, will take to the skies for the first time. Having spent years designing, manufacturing, and testing the parts and subsystems that make up SpaceShipTwo, followed by several months of thorough and rigorous Integrated Vehicle Ground Testing, we are excited to take Unity into her natural airborne… 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   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