Tag: Galactic

Virgin Galactic’s Branson Takes Off for High-Altitude Launch Into Space

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—A twin-fuselage jet took off on Sunday carrying a Virgin Galactic rocket plane primed to soar more than 50 miles above the New Mexico desert with British billionaire Richard Branson aboard in the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight to space. Branson, one of six Virgin Galactic Holding Inc employees strapping in…


Billionaire Richard Branson Soars to Space Aboard His Own Rocket Plane

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M.—British billionaire Richard Branson on Sunday soared more than 50 miles above the New Mexico desert aboard his Virgin Galactic rocket plane and safely returned in the vehicle’s first fully crewed test flight to space, a symbolic milestone for a venture he started 17 years ago. Branson, one of six Virgin Galactic…


Billionaire Branson Set to Fly to Space Aboard Virgin Galactic Rocket Plane

Decades after burnishing his reputation as a wealthy daredevil mogul in a series of boating and hot-air balloon expeditions, Richard Branson is poised to promote his burgeoning astro-tourism venture by launching himself to the final frontier. Branson’s Virgin Galactic Holding Inc is due on Sunday to send the company’s passenger rocket plane, the VSS Unity,…


Virgin Galactic Moves One Step Closer to Commercial Space Flights

Flying at Mach 3 and reaching more than 55 miles above the Earth Saturday, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson’s private spaceship company Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc completed its first manned space flight from its new home port in New Mexico. This is a milestone in Branson’s near two-decades effort to create a commercial “spaceline” to…