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Breaking Travel News Interview: George Whitesides, president, Virgin Galactic

Breaking Travel News Interview: George Whitesides, president, Virgin Galactic

11th Jun 2012 Focus

Last month the developer of the Virgin Galactic-operated SpaceShipTwo suborbital space tourism vehicle was granted regulatory approval to begin rocket-powered flight testing in the United States, bringing space travel a step closer to a reality. Breaking Travel News catches up with George Whitesides, president and chief executive of Virgin Galactic, to find out what this means for space tourism.

Key appointments as Spaceport Abu Dhabi takes shape

Key appointments as Spaceport Abu Dhabi takes shape

31st May 2012 Airline News

Virgin Galactic and Aabar Investments have announced the appointment of Steve Landeene to the role of chief advisor, Spaceport Abu Dhabi. Between 2007 and 2010, Landeene was executive director of Spaceport America in New Mexico and oversaw the development of Virgin Galactic’s operational hub and the world’s first purpose built commercial spaceport.

Virgin Galactic takes one step closer to reality

Virgin Galactic takes one step closer to reality

Richard Branson’s commercial space venture Virgin Galactic has taken a key step closer to taking tourists into space. Test pilots have flown the spacecraft softly back the Earth’s atmosphere from space. The achievement is fundamental to reducing wear and tear on the rocket, so it can reach achieve the goal of making several flights per day.

World’s first spaceport opens

World’s first spaceport opens

25th Oct 2010

Space tourism for the masses has taken another step closer to reality with the opening of the world’s first commercial spaceport in New Mexico, USA.

Virgin Galactic makes first solo flight

Virgin Galactic makes first solo flight

11th Oct 2010 Travel Technology News

Enterprise – the suborbital spacecraft developed by Virgin Galactic – has successfully completed its first manned free flight. The craft was released from its mothership at an altitude of 45,000 ft before successfully gliding to land at Mojave Air & Spaceport.

First space hotel gets lift off

First space hotel gets lift off

1st Oct 2010 Hotel News

Russian space group Energiya in partnership with America’s Orbital Technologies have won the tender to build the world’s first space hotel, complete with a menu devised by celebrity chefs. The CSS hotel will house up to seven space tourists, and also double up as an emergency refuge for astronauts.

Virgin Galactic 18 months from first flight

Virgin Galactic 18 months from first flight

28th Sep 2010 Tourism News

Entrepreneur Richard Branson has revealed Virgin Galactic is just 18 months away from offering commercial space travel. With Boeing also preparing to enter the space-tourism market, Branson also outlined plans to go one step further, revealing ambitions of building hotels in space.