The billionaire space race has reached a new frontier after Sir Richard Branson announced plans to list Virgin Galactic as a public company on the New York stock exchange. The Virgin tycoon is vying with SpaceX, founded by Tesla chief executive Elon Musk, and Blue Origin, owned by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, to be the first business to provide commercial passenger flights in space. September Sir Richard Branson announces launch of Virgin Galacticsaying passengers could be flown into space by
By Daksha Morjaria. Virgin Galactic's founder, Sir Richard Branson, has been hoping to make space tourism a reality since While it has taken a little longer than the 18 months he had originally estimatedthe company is getting increasingly closer to accomplishing its mission.
Branson, who founded Virgin Galactic inoriginally promised suborbital flights — those that reach space without orbiting the planet — by The second burn blasted it tofeet, nearly five times the cruising altitude of a transatlantic passenger plane. Its top speed was logged at Mach 2. To reach space, the pilots must take the Unity higher still.
Colin Dwyer. The company marked a major milestone Thursday as Unity made it to a peak height of more than 51 miles, meeting the Federal Aviation Administration's definition of spaceflight. During a test flight Thursday morning in Mojave, Calif.
THE sky is no longer the limit for a host of entrepreneurs who are vying to offer the first tourist trip into space. British billionaire Richard Bransonwho founded Virgin Galactic ininitially predicted the maiden space flight would launch by If all goes to plan, space fans will be launched more than 50 miles above Earth - a point at which Nasa define travellers as astronauts.
Earlier today, Virgin Galactic sent its SpaceShipTwo commercial aircraft into space, a historic first for the private company. But at a maximum altitude of Prompting the inevitable question: What the hell is space, anyway?
Virgin Galactic is a British spaceflight company within the Virgin Group. It is developing commercial spacecraft and aims to provide suborbital spaceflights to space tourists and suborbital launches for space science missions. Virgin Galactic plans to provide orbital human spaceflights as well.
The brewer is putting three once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for grabs themed on the colour of its famous black stout beer. To mark its years in business, the company is sending one winner into space, another to the depths of the ocean, and a third to an exclusive Black Eyed Peas concert. A Guinness spokeswoman said: "SinceArthur Guinness and the Guinness brand have been behind some remarkable and hugely momentous achievements.