Virgin Orbit sets first orbital launch for May 24 – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Orbit has been preparing for this moment for years, but it’s now officially ready to launch its small satellite delivery vehicle to orbit for the first time. This key demonstration mission, taking off from Mojave Air and Space Port in California, will replicate the actual operational launch experience that Virgin Orbit hopes to…

Virgin Galactic is partnering with NASA to develop supersonic point-to-point air travel – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic today revealed a new partnership with NASA, in pursuit of the goal of developing a high speed vehicle for point-to-point travel across Earth. NASA has been pursuing development of high mach air travel itself, with the development of its Supersonic X-59 low-boon supersonic test plane built by Lockheed Martin, but this new…

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completes flight from Spaceport America

[ad_1] Virgin Galactic‘s SpaceShipTwo commercial space plane has officially made its first successful test flight out of Spaceport America, its base in New Mexico. On Friday, the company announced that its suborbital spacecraft, called VSS Unity, marked “an important flight test milestone in preparation for commercial service.” Though Unity had already completed several successful glide…