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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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