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  • Racing to space: zero-gravity tourism... for the wealthy.

    That childhood fantasy of being an astronaut is about to become a whole lot closer to reality. Now, instead of a degree in engineering, all you need is a big wad of cash. Burt Rutan of Scaled Composites and the VSS EnterpriseRutan has been working with Richard
  • Virgin Galactic's first commercial spaceship makes maiden flight

    Credit: Virgin Galactic Commercial space travel moved a little closer to reality Monday when Virgin Galactic’s mother ship and rocket plane took to the skies for its first "captive carry" test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The carrier...

    Virgin Galactic rocket plane completes first manned glide flight

    Commercial space tourism got a boost Sunday when Virgin Galactic's rocket ship successfully completed its first manned test flight at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The rocket plane, dubbed SpaceShipTwo, was dropped from a carrier aircraft at 45,000 feet....

    Spacecraft factory to break ground in Mojave

    A production facility that would build the world's first fleet of commercial spaceships is set to begin construction Tuesday at the Mojave Air and Space Port. The 68,000-square-foot facility, one of the first aircraft assembly plants to be built in...

    Virgin Galactic achieves key milestone in latest test flight

    British billionaire Richard Branson’s commercial space venture Virgin Galactic reached a major milestone Wednesday on its course to carry tourists into outer space.