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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

25 October 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

11 October 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

1 October 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

28 September 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.

Boeing enters space race

16 September 2010 Travel Technology News

Boeing has confirmed it will enter the space tourism market, with flights beginning as soon as 2015. Linking up with Virginia-based Space Adventures, the aviation giant will offer trips to the International Space Station aboard its Crew Space Transportation-100 spacecraft.

One giant leap for Russell Brand

One giant leap for Russell Brand

2 August 2010 Tourism News

Fulfilling the ambition of many down here on earth, it has been confirmed Russell Brand will be blasted into space. Sadly for some, he will also be returning to earth aboard the newly launched Virgin Galactic service, as he enjoys a luxurious $200,000 birthday gift from singer girlfriend Katy Perry.

Space tourism moves one step closer

Space tourism moves one step closer

24 March 2010 Tourism News

The promise of space tourism has edged one step closer, with Virgin Galactic confirming its prototype space craft has completed its inaugural captive carry flight. The organisation said the VSS Enterprise has successfully carried out the flight over the Mojave Desert in the United States.

Virgin Galactic unveils spacecraft

Virgin Galactic unveils spacecraft

9 December 2009 Airline News

Virgin Galactic unveiled the VSS Enterprise last night (December 9), two years ahead of the launch of what will be the world’s first commercial spacecraft. The craft, which is also known as Space Ship Two, will take six passengers paying $200,000 and two pilot astronauts 110km into space in 30 seconds.