MOJAVE, Calif. – Today, Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline owned by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and Abu Dhabi’s aabar Investments PJC, completed the first rocket-powered flight of its space vehicle, SpaceShipTwo (SS2). The test, conducted by teams from Scaled Composites (Scaled) and Virgin Galactic, officially marks Virgin Galactic’s entrance into the final phase of vehicle testing prior to commercial service from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Continue reading
As a child growing up on Scotland’s north coast, Dave Mackay harboured a dream that seemed so out-of-this-world that he kept it secret from all but his closest friends.
Mojave Desert (July 02, 2011) - From the age of seven, when he won the Ladybird book of space as a Sunday school prize, he set his heart on becoming an astronaut. That fascination grew when, aged 12, he watched the Apollo Moon landing on a crackly black-and-white television at school in Sutherland. Continue reading
A hundred miles north of Los Angeles, in the Mojave Desert, space travel is becoming closer to a reality to the general public. The Virgin Galactic spaceship sits in a beige hangar and BBC’s Richard Scott is the first journalist to be allowed inside the Virgin Galactic spaceship. Virgin Galactic is hoping to be ready to take paying customers within a couple of years. Continue reading
Hundreds have already reserved a spot for a forthcoming zero-gravity trip.
Miami, FL (February 24, 2011)- As a self-described “adventure junkie,” Yanik Silver of Potomac, Md., has raced cars in Baja, run with the bulls in Pamplona and swum with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa. Continue reading