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Flight test for Virgin's replacement rocket plane

Virgin Galactic has flown its new rocket plane for the first time in a "captive-carry test" above California.
The vehicle, known as Unity, replaces the one that crashed in 2014, killing one of its pilots.
In the captive-carry test, the rocket plane was carried to altitude by its mothership, Eve, to acquire data on aerodynamic performance.

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Virgin boosts rocket capability

Sir Richard Branson's space company says it is boosting the capability of its satellite launcher.
The Virgin Galactic rocket will be air-launched in a similar way to the firm's proposed tourist spaceplane - from under a carrier jet.

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Virgin Galactic crash details emerge

For the first time, one of the pilots involved in Virgin Galactic's spaceship crash has spoken to the media.
Dave Mackay, the company's chief pilot, spoke to the BBC about last October, when the company's new spaceship broke apart in mid-air over California.

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Virgin Galactic flight trials face delay after crash

Virgin Galactic's planned commercial space service may still be years away from taking flight
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Scot to lead the way in space tourism

Virgin Galactic have chosen Scot-born David Mackay as the chief pilot for their commercial space flights.
The Edinburgh-based travel company Dream Escape is also to benefit from the venture, having been appointed as Scotland's sole Accredited Space Agent (ASA), authorised to sell tickets for the flights.

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Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to launch small satellites

Virgin Galactic is pushing ahead with its small satellite rocket system.
The company started by UK billionaire Sir Richard Branson is primarily focused on taking fare-paying passengers into space.
But the technology being developed to take up people could also be adapted to send aloft smaller Earth observation and communications spacecraft.

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Virgin Galactic said its first passenger flights will not occur before 2013.

Sir Richard Branson's space tourism venture said it hopes to launch the service in two years time, but even that date is not fixed.
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Dream is over for Virgin Galactic space tourist

After waiting seven years to fly aboard Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic spaceline, Alan Walton  gave up on the dream and asked for a $200,000 ticket refund on his 75th birthday this past spring.
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A Calgary teenager is set to become a space tourist.

The youth is booked to blast off with commercial space travel company Virgin Galactic sometime in the next year or two, a travel agent confirmed.
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The Israeli branch of Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, Galactic Dreamline, has already sold an undisclosed number of $200,000 tickets to Israelis. Worldwide, 425 have already been sold.
The out-of-this-world opportunity is expected to find a market among major companies that want to show gratitude to employees who have made them fortunes and are regarded as deserving of the hugely expensive, two-and-a-half- hour experience. But there will be no flight attendants, food or drink, or even a toilet, as passengers on SpaceShipTwo will spend only five minutes in actual spaceflight. The rest of the time will be used to rocket 110 kilometres heavenwards and come back.

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