Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. announced today that the VSS Unity successfully reached space, completing the company’s fourth rocket-powered and their first fully crewed spaceflight, including founder Sir Richard Branson. This enabled the company to evaluate cabin a/ customer experience, including evaluating the commercial customer cabin, the views of Earth from the edge of space, and the effectiveness of the five-day pre-flight training program at Spaceport America. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Virgin Galactic Holdings officially announced that the flight window for Unity 22, their next rocket-powered test flight of its SpaceShipTwo Unity opens July 11. If weather and technical checks cooperate, it will mark the twenty-second flight test for VSS Unity and the company’s first fully crewed spaceflight, consisting of two pilots and four mission specialists in the cabin, including Sir Richard Branson, who will be testing the private astronaut experience. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Virgin Galactic has just announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) approved the company’s existing commercial space transportation operator license to allow the spaceline to fly customers to space. This came after an extensive review of data gathered from its successful May 22 test flight. Read more for a news segment and additional information.
Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc. has successfully completed its third spaceflight and the first ever spaceflight from Spaceport America, New Mexico, making it the third US state to launch humans into space. VSS Unity achieved a top speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, VMS Eve, and reached space at an altitude of 55.45 miles before smoothly gliding smoothly to a runway landing at Spaceport America. Read more for the video and additional information.
Virgin Galactic just revealed their first SpaceShip III, the VSS Imagine. It will begin ground testing, with glide flights planned for this summer from Spaceport America in New Mexico. Imagine features a new livery design, finished entirely with a mirror-like material that reflects the surrounding environment, making it appear as if it’s constantly changing color as it travels from earth to space. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Virgin Orbit, a California-based satellite launch company, announced that its LauncherOne rocket has successfully reached space during its second launch demonstration today. This also confirms that it has successfully deployed 10 payloads for NASA’s Launch Services Program (LSP). Unlike other launch systems, Virgin Orbit uses a technique called air launch, in which a rocket is launched from under the wing of a jet aircraft, rather than from a traditional launch pad on the ground. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Virgin Galactic officially unveils the spacesuits its pilots will wear as they fly private astronauts on their journeys. It was designed in collaboration with Under Armour, and the Virgin Galactic Pilot Corps will wear the gear on future flights, which includes the first human spaceflight from New Mexico set to take place this month with the flight window opening on December 11. The design team started with a non-pressurized spacesuit design that aesthetically conveyed the pilots’ role in Virgin Galactic’s mission as well as practically supporting their unique task of flying regularly at over three times the speed of sound into space. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The Virgin Galactic Mach 3 aircraft has just been revealed, and it could be the future of supersonic air travel. This delta-wing aircraft, with capacity for 9 to 19 people, would fly at an altitude above 60,000 feet, while incorporating custom cabin layouts to address customer needs, including Business or First Class seating arrangements. It would pave the way toward use of state-of-the-art sustainable aviation fuel. Read more f or additional pictures and information.
In the near future, Virgin Galactic will begin transporting passengers to the edge of space in its SpaceShipTwo vehicles, with the first being VSS Unity. Will it be a first class experience? Well, the company revealed the interior, designed in collaboration with London design agency, Seymourpowell, complete with individually sized seats that were created using the highest-grade aluminum and carbon-fiber manufacturing techniques. Read more for a video and additional information.
Virgin Galactic announced today the successful completion of its first SpaceShipTwo test flight from Spaceport America, marking the inaugural solo flight of VSS Unity in New Mexico, an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service. It took off with VSS Unity attached to the carrier aircraft, VMS Eve, and the vehicles climbed to an altitude of 50,000-feet before Unity was released, at which point VSS Unity flew freely for the first time in New Mexico airspace.