• Richard Branson: Virgin Galactic will be back in space this year

    Richard Branson expects to see Virgin Galactic return to space before the year is out, while the first paying ‘space tourists’ could be enjoying a zero-gravity getaway in the second half of 2018. “Our spaceship will be back in space by the end of the year, and I plan to go into...

    POSTED 6 Jul, 2017 0 Comments

  • Richard Branson: no plans for Virgin Atlantic to return to Sydney

    Virgin Atlantic is unlikely to restart flights to Australia, says the superbrand godfather Sir Richard Branson. Branson's brash British Airways challenger axed its Sydney-Hong Kong flights in May 2014 and exited the Australian market, citing "increasing costs and a challengin...

    POSTED 9 Sep, 2015 17 Comments

  • Virgin Galactic prepares for spaceflights

    UPDATE | Virgin Galactic is gearing up for its planned commercial spaceflights later this year, partnering with NM Hotels on the ground. Astronauts will stay at the Hotel Encantado de Las Cruces in New Mexico as part of the multi-day experience, which includes a tour of the Virgin Galactic Space...

    POSTED 9 Jul, 2014 11 Comments

  • The future of commercial spaceflight: a high-altitude balloon?

    Travellers may soon be able to visit space in a capsule attached to a high-altitude balloon, floating some 32 kilometres above the earth. World View Enterprises, the company behind this literally out-of-this-world experience, has successfully completed a test flight from Roswell, New Mexico &nda...

    POSTED 27 Jun, 2014 1 Comment

  • Virgin Australia's 'ultimate upgrade': a Virgin Galactic spaceflight

    Virgin Australia is offering its frequent flyers the "ultimate upgrade" with a trip into space aboard Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic airline spaceline. (Yes, that's an odd-sounding term but we may have to get used to it.) A new promotion launching this week for Virgin's Velocity Freq...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2014 1 Comment

  • Richard Branson: buy Virgin Galactic spaceflights with Bitcoins

    Virgin Galactic has become the first airline – albeit a space-faring one – to let you buy a ticket with the digital 'virtual currency' known as Bitcoins. Appearing on US cable news network CNBC overnight, Sir Richard Branson said Virgin Galactic has already taken its first Bitcoin bo...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2013 2 Comments

  • Branson: launch of first Virgin Galactic spaceflight now 2014

    Richard Branson's ambitious Virgin Galactic venture into space probably won't lift off until sometime in 2014 or even later, says the British billionaire. Branson hoped the first flight would take place by the end of this year, with the two-stage White Knight Two craft taking off from Virgi...

    POSTED 25 Oct, 2012 1 Comment

  • Five airports of the future, in pictures

    Mention some airports to frequent flyers and you'll receive a sigh or a groan. Most business travellers have a list of airports they actively avoid, whether it's Los Angeles' LAX, Paris' Charles de Gaulle or London's Heathrow. We're always interested when new airports and new terminals are plann...

    POSTED 23 Apr, 2012 0 Comments

  • Amazing photos: Richard Branson's new Virgin Galactic Spaceport

    The world's first commercial spaceport is ready for business, with Sir Richard Branson this week opening the home of his Virgin Galactic operation at 'Spaceport America'. Of course, merely cutting a red ribbon isn't Branson's style – the billionaire rappelled down the side of the suitabl...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2011 0 Comments

  • Virgin Galactic's suborbital shuttle: Sydney to London in 4 hours

    Would you like to step onto a plane in Sydney at 3pm after a late lunch, fasten your seatbelt and be in London four hours later -- which means, given the time zones, arriving at 6am ready for breakfast and a full day of meetings? It sounds like science fiction, but Virgin Galactic wants to make ...

    POSTED 5 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • First video: Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo flight and landing

    In what has to be the best thing we've seen all week, Virgin Galactic has put up high-definition video of their SpaceShipTwo spaceplane's latest successful test flight. Here it is, in all its glory -- although you may want to pop it up in another window to get the full effect in HD. The best bit...

    POSTED 19 May, 2011 1 Comment


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