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Branson and Bezos prepare for lift-off

To describe Sir Richard Branson as a successful entrepreneur is perhaps an understatement, but the world knows that billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos tops that category. However, when it comes to sub-orbital space flight, the pair are almost neck and neck in their ambitions. On July 11th, while insisting there’s absolutely no rivalry with Bezos, […]

July 8, 2021

Virgin Galactic passenger flights imminent?

Last week the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a licence extension to Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic. It means that the aircraft and rocket combination can now fly commercial passengers into near-space. This is the first FAA permission needed for Virgin Galactic to carry passengers. Branson has repeatedly promised to be aboard the first […]

June 29, 2021By Chris Forrester

Virgin Galactic wraps human test-flight; concerns remain

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic ‘spaceship’ VSS Unity achieved a speed of Mach 3 after being released from the mothership, VMS Eve, and reached space at an altitude of 55.45 miles (89 kms) before gliding smoothly to a runway landing at Spaceport America in New Mexico back on May 22nd. The Unity craft carried a […]

June 8, 2021

No target date for Virgin Galactic debut passengers

Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic space tourism business reported its Q1 numbers after the market closed on May 10th, and the news was not good. The revenue position was but one problem; A larger problem was that the company announced that there was no news as to when it would start flying paying passengers. Virgin […]

May 11, 2021By Chris Forrester

Virgin Orbit to lose space race with Bezos

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin/New Shephard rocket is scheduled to carry its first space tourist passengers on July 20th. The move means that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic will now be a very definite second place in the race to tap into space tourism. A note to clients from investment bank UBS says that Virgin Galactic […]

May 10, 2021

Branson’s Virgin Orbit launches 9 satellites

Virgin Orbit has launched its first batch of small satellites on its Virgin Orbit converted jumbo jet (named ‘Cosmic Girl’). The launch took place from Virgin’s Mojave Desert location on January 17th at 18.50 GMT (1.50pm ET) The Virgin Orbit aircraft carried a 21 metre rocket (‘LauncherOne’) under its port (left) wing and deployed 10 […]

January 18, 2021By Chris Forrester

Hicks exits Spaceport America

Spaceport America, which operates out of a desert location in New Mexico, has reportedly removed its CEO/Executive Director, Dan Hicks. Spaceport America is home to the likes of Virgin Galactic, UP Aerospace, Exos Aerospace and others. Its owner is the New Mexico Spaceport Authority. The Authority’s board members reportedly voted 6-1 to remove Mr Hicks […]

October 21, 2020By Chris Forrester

Virgin Galactic value jumps 25%

Richard Branson’s space tourism business Virgin Galactic saw its share price rocket 24.9 per cent on September 28th following a highly favourable analyst overview. A Bank of America report on Virgin Galactic firmly recommended the company’s shares to investors, bring up to eight the number of Wall Street analysts who are favouring the company. “No […]

September 30, 2020By Chris Forrester

“High demand” for Virgin Galactic spaceflights

A research note from SG Cowan says that some 39 per cent of people with an admittedly high net-worth of more than $5 million are interested in paying Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic tourist flights to the very edge of space. “Cowen’s proprietary survey highlights a high level of interest among high-net-worth individuals to fly […]

September 3, 2020By Chris Forrester

Virgin Galactic delays passenger flights again

Sir Richard Branson-backed Virgin Galactic is again pushing the date back when it might start carrying fee-paying passengers by another six months. Newly-appointed Michael Colglazier, the company’s CEO, told analysts that the company was still obtaining various Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permissions and certifications. Virgin said that these FAA tests, plus final test flights which […]

August 6, 2020By Chris Forrester